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December 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Huge win for Seattle council districts; narrow loss for public financing

Two Seattle ballot measures seeking to shake up City Council elections fared quite differently at the polls. The proposal to elect most councilmembers by geographic districts — Charter Amendment 19 — won big throughout the city. An analysis of precinct vote returns by The Seattle Times’ Justin Mayo shows the districts measure lost in…

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December 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Mapping socialist Kshama Sawant’s City Council win

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…

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November 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Sawant widens lead over Conlin in Seattle council race

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…

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November 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Sawant maintains lead over Conlin in latest vote update

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

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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,…

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October 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Lack of transparency in Seattle Prop. 1 campaign

Proposition 1 would create accountability and transparency in Seattle City Council elections by funding candidates with property taxes, according to the campaign’s Fair Elections Seattle website. But money from the biggest donor to Fair Elections Seattle itself is not transparent. Washington Public Campaigns (WPC), a local nonprofit group, has contributed $10,000 to Fair Elections…

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October 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

City Council: Move most medical pot patients to recreational system

Most medical marijuana patients should be brought into the recreational pot market the state is creating, urged all nine Seattle City Council members in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and key legislators. The medical marijuana market continues to operate, at best, in a gray market, council members said, which could undermine the state’s goal of  curtailing…

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August 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Councilmembers urge McGinn to be tougher on downtown crime

Mayor Mike McGinn has scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce additional resources for public safety, but three Seattle City Council members aren’t waiting to see what the mayor has in mind, offering instead their own suggestions this morning about how to reduce violent crime and street disorder. “Contrary to what the mayor and police commanders…

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April 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Second candidate files to run against Richard Conlin

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has drawn a second challenger: Brian Carver, an Amazon.com manager who says education, police department reform and user-friendly transit are the keys to his second Seattle City Council campaign. Carver lost in the 2009 primary for Sally Bagshaw’s seat. “We need to do all these things while staying true to our…

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March 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Ishii drops out of mayor’s race, challenges Bagshaw instead

David Ishii, AKA Papa Bigfoot, a self-described West Seattle “character,” switched political races this week. He decided not to compete in the crowded race for Seattle mayor, but to instead challenge City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who is seeking her second term. Ishii has raised no money for his campaigns and plans to collect signatures to qualify…

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