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December 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant piled up big vote advantages in several central city neighborhoods to seal her national-headline-making win over 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin.
Sawant drew 60 percent or higher support from the Central District, Capitol Hill, the International District and Wallingford, according to an analysis of precinct vote returns by The Seattle Times’ Justin Mayo. She also scored more than 55 percent in Rainier Valley, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Fremont and the University District.
Her pattern of support was similar to that of Mayor Mike McGinn, but Sawant was able to stack up more intense support in those neighborhoods. She defeated Conlin 51 to 49 percent citywide.
Conlin’s biggest support (55 percent and higher) came from Seattle’s outer-ring neighborhoods including Laurelhurst, Magnolia, Montlake, Sand Point and West Seattle.
November 15, 2013 at 4:14 PM
Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has conceded his seat to challenger Kshama Sawant.
“It has been a privilege to be your representative and I am proud of what we have done together,” Conlin said this afternoon.
Sawant increased her lead today over Conlin and is ahead by 1,640 votes in updated vote totals. She held 50.3 percent of the vote, while Conlin held 49.4 percent.
On Thursday, she led by 1,148.
“We do not at this point see a realistic path to success,” Conlin said. “Certainly I’m surprised and disappointed … I felt that we ran a strong campaign and she obviously ran a stronger one.”
Sawant, who will be the first socialist on the council in recent memory, was carrying only 46.1 percent of the vote on election night, but has steadily gained ground since.
Today she won 56.3 percent of 3,548 votes counted in the race.
Conlin has been on the council for 16 years.
“I hope [Sawant] will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office,” Conlin said.
Fellow City Councilmember Nick Licata, who just won re-election, said of Conlin: “Probably no person more than him has led the green revolution in Seattle’s consciousness.”
November 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Seattle City Council challenger Kshama Sawant increased her lead over four-term incumbent Richard Conlin in updated vote totals Thursday afternoon.
Sawant led Conlin by 1,148 votes, up from 402 yesterday. The 41-year-old, who would be the first socialist on the nonpartisan council in recent memory, was at 50.2 percent compared to Conlin’s 49.5 percent.
That puts her out of the range of an automatic machine recount, which is triggered in races when the vote difference is less than 0.5 percent and less than 2,000 votes.
The updated results continued a remarkable turnaround for Sawant, who on election night was carrying just 46.1 percent of the vote but has steadily gained ground since.
On Thursday, she won 55.4 percent of the 5,646 ballots counted in the race.
November 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Kshama Sawant extended her narrow lead over Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in updated vote totals released Wednesday afternoon.
Sawant led Conlin by 402 votes – 83,095 to 82,693. That translates to a 49.99 percent to 49.75 percent lead.
Sawant, who would be the first socialist on the nonpartisan council in recent history, first took a lead over Conlin, a four-term incumbent, on Tuesday — one week after carrying only 46.1 percent of the initial returns on election night.
On Wednesday, Sawant won about 52 percent of the roughly 6,000 counted votes in the race.
King County Elections estimates it still has to count about 8 percent of the ballots it has on hand.
Election results are to be certified Nov. 26.
November 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM
Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant pulled narrowly ahead of longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in updated vote totals released Tuesday afternoon.
Sawant, the first socialist to make a general election for Seattle City Council in 22 years, led Conlin by 41 votes – 79,751 to 79,710 — in the latest update. That translates to a 49.91 percent to 49.88 percent lead.
The close contest marks a stunning turnaround from election night, when Sawant was carrying 46.1 percent of the vote.
Since then, Sawant has steadily increased her share of the vote. On Tuesday, she won 57.4 percent of the 8,395 newly-counted votes in the race.
“Our result today is a confirmation of a systematic trend that we’ve seen since election day,” Sawant told reporters assembled at her campaign headquarters. “Many of the late voters tend to vote not for business-as-usual candidates.”
Countywide, King County Elections estimates there are about 62,000 ballots still to be processed. The number for Seattle is probably closer to one-third of that.
Officials also estimate there are about 9,700 ballots, again countywide, whose signatures have been challenged. Both campaigns worked over the weekend to identify and help any supporters with challenged signatures.
Sawant’s political director, Philip Locker, said the campaign had more than 100 volunteers knocking on doors over the weekend.
“That’s just the beginning,” Locker said. “We intend to make sure all ballots are cured and rehabilitated.”
Conlin did not immediately return a telephone message.
A mandatory machine recount will be triggered if the race is within 2,000 votes and 0.5 percent.
November 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Socialist Kshama Sawant’s momentum has all but scared the fleece off the trademark vest of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin.
With Conlin clinging to a steadily shrinking lead over Sawant, the four-term incumbent emailed supporters Saturday, telling them to “make sure every vote is counted.”
The usually unflappable Conlin asked supporters to make sure their ballots had been verified and counted, by checking with the King County Elections. He told supporters they might have forgotten to sign their ballot envelopes, or there might be a problem with their signatures. If so, he urged them to be on the lookout for a form from King County.
“Please sign the form and send it in immediately to ensure your vote is counted!” he wrote.
He also asked for phone-bank volunteers to check on ballot problems.
Conlin led 53.6 percent to Sawant’s 46.1 percent on election night. After Friday night’s ballot count, Sawant was up to 49.5 percent and trailed Conlin by 1,237 votes.
A Seattle Times anlaysis indicates Sawant must take about 53 percent of the roughly 20,000 uncounted ballots to win.
The next vote tally won’t come until Tuesday.
November 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM
Update | 9 p.m:
Although many have written off Kshama Sawant’s chances of an upset win, a Seattle Times analysis shows it is still possible.
Sawant, the first socialist to make it to a general election for the Seattle City Council in 22 years, now trails four-term incumbent Richard Conlin 51.53 to 48.26 percent. That translates to a 4,205-vote deficit among the 128,325 ballots that have been counted in the race.
But Sawant won 54.2 percent of the 23,430 ballots counted today — a sharp turnaround from election night, when she won 46.1 percent and Conlin won 53.6 percent.
In fact, she has increased her share of the vote in each of five vote updates (one on election night, two Wednesday and two Thursday).
It’s unclear how many ballots are still uncounted, and more are still being delivered by mail.
But a Times analysis found that Sawant likely needs to win between 53 and 54 percent of the remaining ballots to pull off the stunner.
Sawant has not conceded and said in a statement today that “this isn’t over.”
November 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM
Exhausted from a tough election fight, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said today that he won’t seek office again. Although he just won re-election against Kshama Sawant, a socialist and economics professor at Seattle Central Community College, the passage Tuesday of a city charter amendment to elect council members by district means Conlin would have to to run again in two years to keep his seat.
“I don’t want to put myself or my family through that again,” said Conlin, 65. The Madrona resident said he had hoped for four more years to finish up some work, but now will have to do that work in two years. Conlin lost ground slightly to Sawant in second-day returns, but still led 53 to 47 percent.
Sawant, a Capitol Hill resident who under the new council election boundaries would be in the same district as Conlin, last night tweeted her expectation that if they met again in two years, Conlin would lose.
November 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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.”
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Take it from someone whose job includes ambushing politicians with uncomfortable questions: you must always watch for the second door.
Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant failed to do that this afternoon, dooming her plan to ask current council members entering their regularly scheduled meeting to sign a pledge to increase the minimum wage.
Sawant and several supporters were waiting, oversized pledge in hand, outside council chambers as the 2 p.m. meeting start time approached, arrived and ticked past.
“Somehow they found another way to go inside,” campaign director Philip Locker breathlessly announced two minutes after 2, adding, “they have a secret door!”
The group then hurried inside to speak during public testimony.
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