Nirva LaFortune wins Providence City Council seat in Ward 3

By: News Staff


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — In a landslide victory, Democrat Nirva Rebecca LaFortune won a seat on the Providence City Council in the Ward 3 Special Election. 

LaFortune won 94 percent of the votes for Ward 3 — 1,261 out of a total of 1,341 votes.

She takes over for Democratic Councilman Kevin Jackson, who was overwhelmingly recalled by the ward’s voters in May. Jackson was arrested and indicted last year on charges that he embezzled over $120,000 from the youth sports organization he founded in the late 70’s. He is also accused of misusing campaign funds for personal expenses.

LaFortune attended Providence Public Schools, and is currently employed at Brown University as the manager and advisor for the Presidential Scholars Program

From a family of Haitian immigrants, LaFortune campaigned on immigration rights, as well as strong public education, women’s right to choose, and gun control.

David Lallier Jr. received 55 votes, or 4.1 percent. Chris Reynolds received 22 votes, or 1.6 percent. There were three write-ins.

Ward 3 encompasses the area of University Heights all the way to the Pawtucket line.

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