On November 29th, Carmen Castillo, a Room Attendant at the Providence RI Westin Hotel and Local 217 Executive Board member, won the General election to fill a vacant seat on the Providence City Council. She is the first room attendant elected as a city councilor in North America.
Carmen mobilized over 70 members of Local 217 as volunteers to canvass in the ward. Volunteer members came from as far away as Connecticut and Newport to knock on doors and talk with voters about Carmen’s leadership both in her union and in the neighborhood. Union members also volunteered their time to do phone banking from their homes.
"I am so excited being elected and I look forward to being a voice for my community, and for everyone who wants a fighter in City Hall," Carmen said. She is now focused on building a strong neighborhood organization to ensure that the neighborhood receives the city services it deserve.
To read additional coverage of Carmen’s historic victory, click any of following news links:
- Castillo wins Ward 9 city council seat, Providence Eyewitness News, 11/29/11
- Union Activist Wins Providence Council Seat in Landslide, GoLocalProv, 11/30/11
- The 99 Percent Takes Office: Lessons From a Rhode Island Special Election, Truthout, 12/01/11