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November 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sawant could still beat Conlin in Seattle council race

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…


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November 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Conlin won’t seek re-election to Seattle City Council

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…


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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,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: albert shen, kshama sawant, mike o'Brien

November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Sawant’s ambush attempt fails when Seattle City Council members use second door

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.


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Seattle City Council | Topics: ed murray, kshama sawant, mike mcginn

October 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Some Democrats upset that others are supporting socialist Sawant

Several members of the 37th District Democrats lodged complaints against the group’s political vice chair for campaigning in support of a non-Democrat — socialist Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant.

The complaints against Jeanne Legault came after she started distributing Sawant advertisements while doorbelling. The complaints were dismissed because City Council races are nonpartisan.

“Jeanne Legault has been a committed Democrat for decades, and she’s worked for the Democratic Party for those same decades, so there’s no there there,” said Michael Wolfe, the chairman of the 37th District Democrats, who is running for a seat on the Port of Seattle Commission.

The 37th district is centered in Southeast Seattle. The party group there has endorsed Sawant’s opponent, fourth-term incumbent Richard Conlin, who lives in the district and has been considered a reliable liberal voice.

Legault said she chose to support Sawant because “what she’s espousing is far more Democratic than her opponent.” Legault said she thinks some fellow Democrats are upset with her because of the “Ralph Nader thing” — a lingering distrust for third-party candidates after Nader took votes from presidential hopeful Al Gore in 2000, perhaps costing him the election.


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 37th District Democrats, Daniel Norton, Jeanne Legault

October 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Richard Conlin making issue of Kshama Sawant’s voter registration

How’s this for an election-season squabble? Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin is accusing challenger Kshama Sawant of a “lack of civic engagement” because she registered to vote two years after becoming eligible. Conlin questioned Sawant about the timing of her registration during a recent candidate forum, and he mentioned it to a Seattle Times reporter. Sawant registered to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: kshama sawant, Richard Conlin, voting records

August 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Sawant to face Conlin, Shen to run against O’Brien for Seattle council

Seattle City Council incumbent Richard Conlin will face Kshama Sawant, a Seattle Central Community College economics instructor, in the November general election. Incumbent Mike O’Brien will square off against engineering consultant Albert Shen. Don’t look for an overarching theme in the early returns for the two races. Sawant, a socialist, says she’s challenging Conlin because the…


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July 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Council hopeful Sawant arrested during anti-eviction protest

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant was arrested Wednesday afternoon while protesting an eviction in South Park, according to her campaign. Kshama Sawant being arrested Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Ramy Khalil) Sawant was blocking King County sheriff’s deputies from evicting Jeremy Griffin at around 1:15 p.m. when she was arrested, according to her campaign manager, Ramy Khalil. Three others…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: dorlin rainey, jeremy griffin, kshama sawant

March 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Socialist candidate will legislate by mass movement if elected

Kshama Sawant, center, is running for Seattle City Council against Richard Conlin. As a write-in candidate last year against House Speaker Frank Chopp, Socialist Alternative candidate Kshami Sawant earned about 29 percent of the vote. That makes her her party’s great hope for this year’s Seattle City Council election. Sawant announced today she will challenge…


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November 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Socialist candidate lost to Chopp, looks to Seattle city elections

 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…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: frank chopp, kshama sawant, The Stranger

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