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November 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Sawant pulls ahead of Conlin in Seattle council race

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…

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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.

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