Topic: frank chopp
You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.
November 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM
A Socialist candidate and Occupy Seattle activist who had more than a quarter of the vote in her race against state House Speaker Frank Chopp has set her sights on next year’s city elections. Kshama Sawant says she is recruiting a slate of Socialist candidates to run for Seattle City Council and mayor next year.
Though Sawant, a Central Seattle Community College lecturer, lost to Chopp by a lot, she did better than past contenders. Kim Verde, a Republican, lost to the longtime Speaker of the House in 2008 and 2010, each time with about 13 percent of the vote. Tuesday night, Sawant had 27 percent of the vote.
Sawant first filed to run for the Position 1 seat in the 43rd, against state Rep. Jamie Pedersen. She came in second, qualifying for the general. But she ended up coming in second as a write-in candidate for Position 2, aided by The Stranger when it endorsed her as a write-in alternative to Chopp, and then wrote stories about her.
She decided to run against Chopp, and sued successfully to have her party preference, Socialist Alternative, on the ballot.
Sawant will kick off her next political project at City Hall at a post-election forum Thursday night entitled “Where do Progressives Go From Here?” She is a panelist, along with Chopp and Tim Harris, the director of Real Change. The event is at 7 p.m. at the University Temple Methodist Church, 1415-43rd Street NE.
In a statement, Sawant said: “We achieved this election result as an openly Socialist campaign that was largely ignored by the corporate media, with no corporate donations, on a shoe string budget. Occupy gave a voice to working people’s rage at Wall Street, and our campaign gave voice to mass anger at the corporate politicians. It shows the potential to build a powerful left electoral challenge to the two corporate parties.”
August 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM
Kshama Sawant, a socialist candidate running for the state House of Representatives, won a suit in the King County Superior Court to state her party preference — the Socialist Alternative Party — on the ballot in November.
The state Secretary of State’s Office had previously stated that Washington’s election rules prevented Sawant from identifying with her party on the ballot, due to the odd circumstances in which she advanced to the general election.
Sawant had filed to run for the Position 1 seat in the 43rd Legislative District in Seattle, challenging state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, Democrat. But she ended up coming in second in the Position 2 race — in which The Stranger newspaper had endorsed her as a write-in candidate, challenging House Speaker Frank Chopp, Democrat — as well as the Position 1 race.
State election rules allowed Sawant to decide which race she wanted to run in. She has decided to face Chopp in November.
But according to the Secretary of State’s Office, election rules prohibited write-in candidates such as Sawant from stating the party they preferred on the ballot, even if they had declared a party preference in a separate election.
Sawant, a professor of economics at Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College and an activist with the Occupy Seattle movement, disagreed. So she sued Secretary of State Sam Reed and the King County Elections office.
On Thursday, Judge Michael Trickey ruled that the state had to include Sawant’s party preference on the ballot.
Philip Locker, Sawant’s political director, called the ruling “a victory for grassroots, independent, left-wing candidates.”
And the Secretary of State’s Office indicated it would abide by the ruling.
“Our office respects the judge’s ruling,” Brian Zylstra, a spokesman, said in an email. “We will include Kshama Sawant’s party preference in the statewide Voters’ Pamphlet and we expect King County Elections will include her party preference on its General Election ballot this fall.”
August 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM
A socialist candidate running for the Washington State House of Representatives has sued Secretary of State Sam Reed and the King County Elections office to get her party preference — the Socialist Alternative Party — on the ballot in November.
The suit comes in the midst of an odd situation.
The candidate, Kshama Sawant, had filed to run in Position 1 in the 43rd Legislative District in Seattle. But The Stranger newspaper endorsed her as a write-in candidate for Position 2 after another candidate, Gregory Gadow, dropped out.
Sawant came in second in both races in the Aug. 7 primary, allowing her to advance to the general election.
State rules prohibit Sawant from running in both races simultaneously. She chose last week to run for the Position 2 seat against House Speaker Frank Chopp, a Democrat, whom she viewed as responsible for budget cuts to social services.
But Sawant’s decision run in the race where she was a write-in candidate added a new wrinkle to the her campaign.
The Washington Administrative Code prevents a write-in candidate who advances to the general election from listing a party preference on the ballot. Sawant filed as a candidate for Position 1, but not for the Position 2 race she’s now running in.
Sawant filed suit on Thursday to identify herself as a candidate for the Socialist Alternative Party and filed an amended petition on Monday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning in King County Superior Court.
“Quite frankly, we find it a little absurd that we are having to file this lawsuit,” said Sawant, a professor of economics at Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College and an activist with the Occupy Seattle movement.
She said voters need to know which party she identifies with.
But Brian Zylstra, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, said his office did not have choice when it came to enforcing the state’s administrative code. “We’re not changing the rules partway through the election,” he said.
About this blog
Trending with readers