ProJo: Providence City Council, with first-ever female majority, sets a new direction

PROVIDENCE — Growing up, Sabina Matos didn't imagine she'd one day be elected to a political office in the United States.

In fact, when she moved to New York with her family from the Dominican Republic as a 20-year-old, she didn't think she'd stay more than six months.

“We arrived here in April, and I said that by December I was going to be back there,” said Matos, who was recently elected to serve as president of the Providence City Council.

But she did stay, and she ended up making her home in Providence, where she went on to study public relations and work with various political campaigns. Public service is in her blood — her father served as mayor of Paraíso, Dominican Republic, where she grew up — and she eventually decided to run to represent Ward 15 on the council.

Courtesy of Providence Journal

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