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November 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Sawant to Conlin: ‘You can collect your paycheck for 2 years and then…Goodbye’

Update | 12:45 p.m., Nov. 6: Ksahama Sawant’s Twitter account has deleted the tweet referenced below, but you can view it through a screen shot. Click on the shot for a bigger image.


Update | 11:35 p.m. Albert Shen said he feels “great about the campaign” despite finishing far behind Mike O’Brien in Tuesday’s election.

In an email, Shen said he looks forward to working with O’Brien to move Seattle forward.

“I will take him up on having that beer with him,” said Shen, referring to a comment O’Brien made in a Seattle Times story last month, “and he can buy the first round.”


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Update | 11 p.m. Regardless of how it ends, the Kshama Sawant – Richard Conlin race was the most interesting of the four Seattle City Council elections this year.

And now, it looks like we could be in for a repeat in 2015.

Sawant’s campaign announced late Tuesday that “we are coming after Conlin in 2015.”

A news release noted that because Charter Amendment 19 appears headed for victory, Conlin will likely be up for election in two years in his district — the same district that Sawant lives in.

The Sawant campaign’s Twitter account also hyped the promised challenge, tweeting to Conlin that “you are the big loser of the night. You can collect your paycheck for 2 years and then…Goodbye.”

Read our full story on the results of the Seattle City Council elections here.

Update | 10:05 p.m. Kshama Sawant announced Tuesday night she plans to organize an initiative, aimed for the 2014 Seattle ballot, to establish a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour.

That idea was leading in initial returns in SeaTac on Tuesday night.

Richard Conlin

Richard Conlin

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

Update | 9:56 p.m. Three Seattle City Council incumbents coasted to re-election Tuesday, while a fourth led by a smaller amount.

Richard Conlin, a four-term incumbent, had 53.6 percent of the early votes. Challenger Kshama Sawant had 46.1 percent.

The other incumbents — Mike O’Brien, Nick Licata and Sally Bagshaw — were in better shape.

Only O’Brien’s challenger, Albert Shen, got more than a third of the vote in initial returns. He was at 35.2 percent.

Licata and Bagshaw each took more than 80 percent.

Original post: Seattle voters today will decide four City Council seats, two of which featured tough campaigns.


Albert Shen

Mike O'Brien

Mike O’Brien

Longtime Councilmember Richard Conlin faces challenger Kshama Sawant, the first socialist candidate in 22 years to advance to the general-election ballot for Seattle City Council. Sawant, an economics instructor at Seattle Central Community College, focused her platform on a $15 minimum wage, rent control and a millionaire’s tax. Conlin said he preferred to raise people out of poverty through training programs and a sound city economic strategy.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien is competing with Albert Shen, owner of a small civil engineering firm. Shen said he wanted to reintroduce an ordinance to ban aggressive panhandling on city streets. O’Brien said that was not needed and would hurt poor and mentally ill residents.

Incumbents Nick Licata and Sally Bagshaw appeared to be coasting to re-election against Edwin Fruit and Sam Bellomio, respectively.

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