Changing demographics in Westchester on display in recent election, with more Latinos voted into office

Two newly elected leaders made history this week by becoming the first Latinos elected in their respective communities.

News 12 Staff

Nov 5, 2021, 9:38 PM

Updated 894 days ago

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Westchester County is becoming more Hispanic - and the changing demographics showed on Election Day.
Two newly elected leaders made history this week by becoming the first Latinos elected in their respective communities.
Andres Castillo-Quintana is part of a wave of Latino Democrats who won historic races in Westchester County this week, as he became the first Latino to be elected to Bedford's Town Council.
The Peruvian immigrant says he decided to run for office after witnessing the impacts of COVID-19 on the Latino community.
The latest census data shows 1 in every 4 Westchester County residents is now Hispanic.
While this community is largely underrepresented in local government, more Latinos are running for office and winning.
Karine Patiño became the first Latino to be elected to Mount Kisco's Board of Trustees.
The daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants is a criminal defense attorney who says representation in local government matters.
The latest tide of Latino wins come following historic elections last spring when Tuckahoe and Port Chester both elected their first Latino mayors.
Latinos also won office for the first time in Irvington, Ardsley, Tarrytown and Croton-on-Hudson.  


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