Media Coverage

 Here is some of the media coverage we received during the election campaign! 

Highlights:

The Stranger: The Case for Kshama Sawant: A Proud, Brilliant, Unapologetic Socialist Is Exactly What Our City Council Needs

"There is nobody in the political leadership in Seattle right now who comes into work every day with a sense of urgency to really fight for people's standard of living," argues Sawant. "That's why voters are engaged in our campaign, because they are hearing a voice that they have been wanting to hear for years."

Seattle Times: Growing wealth gap spurs on socialist in Seattle council race

"The gap between rich and poor — and the social and political constructs that created it — fascinated and appalled her, Sawant said. After obtaining a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University, in 2006 she moved to Seattle, where the social divide became even more stark. “The vast majority of Seattle people are facing a city that is becoming increasingly unaffordable for them,” she said."

KUOW Radio: Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin on the Defensive

"In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support."

Seattle Weekly: Best Politician: Kshama Sawant

The Nation: Seattle's 'Another World Is Both Possible and Necessary' Campaign

Kshama Sawant, a former software engineer who now teaches economics at Seattle Central Community College, is running a Socialist Alternative “Fund Human Needs, Fight Corporate Greed” campaign that declares: “We live in one of the richest cities in the richest nation on earth. There is no shortage of resources. Capitalism has failed the 99%. Another world is both possible and necessary—a socialist world based on the needs of humanity and the environment.”

The Stranger: The Case Against Richard Conlin: Just Look at His Biggest Donors - and His Record

"Conlin can make things easy for those who help him get reelected. After 16 years, his reelection seems so inevitable that he typically scares off good challengers. Not this year. This year, Kshama Sawant is giving Conlin a run for his money. And while she may not have coal money, police money, and freeway money behind her—or the endorsement of a wishy-washy environmental group—she does have a shot at beating Conlin. And in this city, that's progress."

Seattle Times: Funny how everything's gone left

"The election isn’t for 10 days, but we can already declare the big winner in Seattle. It’s the socialist... What’s most notable about Seattle politics this year is that nearly her entire agenda has, over the course of the campaign, been embraced by both candidates for mayor to lead the Northwest’s largest city."

The Stranger: Kshama Sawant: Return of the Alternative

"... Sawant, who is a member of a real-deal socialist party, the Sonecialist Alternative (which is also running a competitive candidate for a council seat in Minneapolis, Ty Moore), has risen from obscurity to the mainstream of Seattle politics... Socialist Alternative party is running a smart campaign, and Sawant is a smart candidate, and the idea to focus on tangible campaign agendas such as pay increases, rent control, and taxing the rich is proving to be efficacious."

Vice Magazine: Occupying the Ballot Box

“In fighting this fight,” Kshama said, “I've seen people realize that the system is stacked against them and that they are against the system. I tell people, I won't forget about you when I'm elected, but don't forget about me either. I'm going to need your support to do what you elected me to do."

Seattle Weekly: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support a $15 Minimum Wage

"It’s obvious something needs to change, and raising the minimum wage for the low-wage workers that this country’s economics have grown increasingly dependent on seems like as good a place to start as any."

 

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KIRO 7: Video: KIRO 7 speaks to Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant

Publicola: Extra-Fizz: Pre-Election-Day Edition

"Socialist city council candidate Kshama Sawant showed up with a group of red-shirt-wearing supporters at this afternoon's city council meeting, bearing an oversized "pledge" sheet for city council members to sign and affirm their support for a new city ordinance mandating a $15-an-hour minimum wage. "

Seattle Weekly: Sawant Issues $15 Minimum Wage Challenge

"Adding punctuation to what’s been a dizzying last week for Kshama Sawant’s campaign for Seattle City Council Position 2, today the Socialist Alternative candidate will be at City Hall issuing a challenge to current Council members and the two men vying for the Mayor’s office."

Vice Magazine: Occupying the Ballot Box

“In fighting this fight,” Kshama said, “I've seen people realize that the system is stacked against them and that they are against the system. I tell people, I won't forget about you when I'm elected, but don't forget about me either. I'm going to need your support to do what you elected me to do."

The Stranger: Morning News

"Kshama Sawant Supporters Held Rallies Across the City This Weekend: You can find tons of pictures on her Twitter feed. This is what an enthusiastic volunteer-heavy campaign looks like."

The Stranger: Kshama Sawant Reaches the Nation

Publicola: An Unprecedented Feat

"In more Seattle celebrity news: Sounders star Obafemi Martins tweeted out his endorsement of socialist City Council candidate Kshama Sawant right before Saturday's playoff game against Portland."

Sounder at Heart Sports Blog: Major Link Soccer: Leg One Wrap

"In case you haven't submitted your ballots yet, consider voting for Kshama Sawant in Seattle's City Council. Obafemi Martins appears to have endorsed her candidacy!"

The Nation: Seattle's 'Another World Is Both Possible and Necessary' Campaign

Kshama Sawant, a former software engineer who now teaches economics at Seattle Central Community College, is running a Socialist Alternative “Fund Human Needs, Fight Corporate Greed” campaign that declares: “We live in one of the richest cities in the richest nation on earth. There is no shortage of resources. Capitalism has failed the 99%. Another world is both possible and necessary—a socialist world based on the needs of humanity and the environment.”

Puget Sound Business Journal: Wage boost draws support from mayoral contenders

"The most impassioned issue seemed to be a proposal recently advanced by socialist City Council candidate Kshama Sawant to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour."

The Stranger: A Sounders Footballer Endorses Sawant

"Obafemi Martins, a Seattle Sounders FC team member, does the right thing and endorses Kshama Sawant..."

Talk Radio 570 KVI: Economics debate: Seattle city council candidate vs. John Carlson

"Self-described socialist economics candidate for Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant, is an economics teacher at Seattle Central Community College. She joins John Carlson to talk about her support of the $15 hour minimum wage and taxing the rich more to pay for things like mass transit."

The Stranger: Go Read Kshama Sawant's Reddit AMA

"Kshama Sawant will be answering questions on Reddit from 1 to 3 pm today. If you've got a question for our favorite socialist, this is your best chance to get an answer."

Seattle Times: The word 'socialist' shouldn't scare us

The Stranger: 100 Rallies for Kshama Sawant!

"Seattle is about to make history—if we can just push Sawant over the top. So take a few hours this weekend to show your neighbors that Sawant is a credible and popular choice."

Seattle Weekly: Tonight It's Licata and Sawant In The Spotlight

"...one would assume that the man Sawant is challenging, Richard Conlin, is at least a little perturbed by two of his colleagues helping to shine a spotlight on the woman who’s trying to steal his job - especially with Election Day approaching and Sawant riding a wave of momentum."

The Stranger: No Charges for Protesters

"Later that month, King County Sheriff officers arrested protesters, including Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, for blocking the entrance to Griffin's home."

The Blaze: There's a Competitive Two-Party Race In This City... And It's Democrat vs. Socialist

“As a Democrat, as an activist, as a person who cares about community, I feel very strongly that we need her voice on the city council to advocate for the positions that many of us have fought for,” said Daniel Norton, the former chair of the King County Democrats breaking ranks to support the socialist.

India West: Candidates Trade Barbs In Seattle City Council Race

Sawant added, “These types of personal attacks are a big reason the majority of our country is turned off from politics. There is a deep disgust at politics because politicians engage in mudslinging as a way to avoid being held accountable for substantive issues.”

KUOW: Activist Democrats Support Socialist Candidate Kshama Sawant

"Even though all of the city’s major Democratic Party organizations have endorsed incumbent Richard Conlin, this group of Democrats has been quietly supporting Socialist Sawant.... The tensions within the party over this city council race are unusual. Seattle is a heavily Democratic city, and it’s rare for a candidate who is not a Democrat to put up a serious challenge in a city race."

Seattle Times: Some Democrats upset that others are supporting socialist Sawant

"The tiff among 37th District Democrats illustrates a broader debate that has taken place since Sawant took a surprising 35 percent of the vote in the August primary, holding Conlin to 48 percent. Sawant says her platform echoes the beliefs of rank-and-file Democrats, whom she says have been abandoned by their party leadership."

Socialist Worker: A Socialist on the Seattle City Council?

"The campaign has tapped into the discontent so many people in Seattle feel toward mainstream politicians who offer no solution to the growing problems of out-of-control rental costs, lack of quality public transportation, low wages for workers, and overall lack of support for working class families."

Seattle Weekly: Mike O'Brien Expected to Make 'Significant Statement' In Support of Sawant

"Whatever happens tonight, it’s safe to say it’s been a solid week for the Sawant campaign. The Socialist Alternative candidate was endorsed by Former King County Democratic Party Chair Daniel Norton and current 37th LD Democratic Party Vice-Chair Jeanne Legault this morning at an event at City Hall, and, according to a press release issued this afternoon, the Sawant campaign has now raised more than a $100,000 and attracted over 300 volunteers."

Publicola: Sawant Claims 'Blow' to Conlin Campaign After Labor Vote

"Make no mistake, this is a real blow to Conlin, who took Labor's support for granted with his pro-business politics," Sawant campaign manager Ramy Khalil said in a statement.

Capitol Hill Times: Sawant's crusades for a council that reflects its citizens

"Due to her unabashedly socialist political views that proclaim a clear-cut message that Seattle has become a city of haves and have-nots, with the gap between the two growing wider every year, Sawant has amassed widespread support from far-left groups, younger voters and people of color."

The Monarch Review: The Monarch Drinks with Kshama Sawant

"Sawant, who was an organizer of Occupy Seattle, credits the Occupy movement with reviving young people’s interest in the Left.  She describes the movement as an awakening after a long period of dormancy, an ending to a decades-long silence on inequality.  And she finds promise in more recent stirrings, like environmental activists protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline and the fast food workers’ strike..."

The Stranger: Amer-I-Can't

"Take for example Kshama Sawant's call for a millionaire's tax to fund transit expansion. 'We don't have the authority,' city council member Richard Conlin dismissively explained at a recent candidates forum. 'We can't do that in this city.' Maybe. It sure would be difficult... But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be discussed, especially within the context of perpetual budget crises and the most regressive tax structure in the nation."

Sonics Rising: Sonicsgate endorses Kshama Sawant for Seattle City Council

"Running as a Socialist Alternative candidate, Sawant is a fresh, third-party voice that would crack the two-party system's stranglehold on American government. Sonicsgate identifies with the grassroots nature of the Sawant campaign, which has cultivated an open dialogue with citizens by running as a voice of the people and taking zero campaign donations from corporations."

The Stranger: Seattle Times' Danny Westneat Declares Kshama Sawant "the Big Winner"

'We need to elect Sawant to City Hall, not just candidates who are lately aping her agenda. If we want to continue debating the right topics beyond the election season, a symbolic victory is not enough. We need to actually elect somebody on the left to City Hall to relentlessly push these topics. And for Seattle, that somebody is clearly Kshama Sawant."

Seattle Times: Funny how everything's gone left

"The election isn’t for 10 days, but we can already declare the big winner in Seattle. It’s the socialist... What’s most notable about Seattle politics this year is that nearly her entire agenda has, over the course of the campaign, been embraced by both candidates for mayor to lead the Northwest’s largest city."

Seattle Central Circuit: Cover Story on Kshama Sawant

"Running against 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin, Sawant is already the first socialist to make it into the Seattle City Council general election since 1991. Against a backdrop of rising inequality and social unrest, the very fact that Sawant might win signals an unprecedented shift to the Left in Seattle politics."

CounterPunch: Miracles in Minneapolis and Seattle?

"Both Socialist Alternative candidates were active in their cities’ Occupy movements; both have put their bodies on the line in civil disobedience to defend the foreclosed homeowners against bank-ordered evictions; both have made a $15-per-hour minimum wage the centerpiece of their campaigns; both have pledged to accept only as much salary as the average worker makes, donating the rest to activist causes."

UW Daily: A discussion with city council candidate Kshama Sawant

"We’re running this campaign because Seattle has become increasingly unaffordable for the vast majority of people. As we are struggling with skyrocketing rent, the city council members are giving handouts to corporate real-estate developers."

Asian Weekly: Watch out for gutsy Asian female politicians

"Who is Kshama Sawant? “Wow” was my reaction when I first saw her at the API forum. Sawant, an economics professor at Seattle Central Community College, is challenging incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin."

Seattle Weekly: Sawant Lands Tom Morello/Serj Tankian ‘Axis of Justice’ Endorsement

"Yesterday, Axis of Justice - a nonprofit social justice organization (and website) founded by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian - published an editorial in support of Seattle’s own Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative candidate gunning for the City Council seat currently held by four-term incumbent Richard Conlin."

Sonics Rising: SonicsGate Endorses Kshama Sawant

"Running as a Socialist Alternative candidate, Sawant is a fresh, third-party voice that would crack the two-party system's stranglehold on American government. Sonicsgate identifies with the grassroots nature of the Sawant campaign, which has cultivated an open dialogue with citizens by running as a voice of the people and taking zero campaign donations from corporations."

Seattle Weekly: Sonicsgate Filmmakers Endorse Sawant, But Sawant Won’t Yet Endorse New Arena

"The fact that Reid and Brown are anti-Conlin is no surprise. However, the fact that they’re throwing their weight – and, perhaps, the weight of thousands of still-pissed Sonics fans – behind a Socialist Alternative candidate does raise eyebrows."

Cross Cut: Shaking up Seattle's City Council

"Accused of having aged into establishment status, he is being challenged by the appealing young socialist Kshama Sawant. That aging Keeper-of-Youth, The Stranger, says it opposes candidates like Conlin who are 'washed-up, goat-loving, Metamucil-swilling incumbents dying at city hall after fruitless multi-decade careers.'"

International Examiner: Q&A Kshama Sawant

"Kshama Sawant, an economics instructor pursuing the Position 2 Seattle City Council Seat, has captivated Seattle’s left-leaning communities of color with her inspiring, grassroots campaign, sharp economic mind and uncompromising principles... Now she’s the chief agitator for the worker’s movement to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour."

Seattleish: Sportsbros doing politics = Yay!

"For the record, the Ish is only doing one endorsement this election season: Kshama Sawant because she is exactly what Seattle needs (a woman of color who is not afraid to stand her ground on behalf of people living in poverty) and she is running against exactly what Seattle already has plenty of (old, white, useless, NIMBY). Vote Sawant!"

Seattle Pi: Kshama Sawant vs. Richard Conlin for Seattle City Council Seat

"Sawant points out for the record that Richard Conlin standing next to her at an event has said he does not support the $15 wage even though he is now denying it but they have his comment on video."

The Stranger: Richard Conlin's Can't-Do Agenda

"And that gets to what I think is one of the biggest contrasts between Conlin and Sawant: The politics of the possible. Sawant doesn't talk revolution like your typical clown-variety socialist, but she does advocate for big changes—for example, a $15 an hour minimum wage, rent control ("as one part of a comprehensive affordable housing program," explained Sawant), and a citywide "millionaires tax" to fund transit."

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Sawant and Conlin Square Off on Rent Control

"Sawant has called for rent control throughout the campaign, and has offered it as part of the solution to more than one issue. During the debate she said the city needed to adopt rent control so people could live in the places they work without having to take multiple buses to get there."

Cross Cut: Citizens speak out on statewide transportation listening tour

"...an overwhelming majority of the 400-plus Seattle crowd wanted King County to have the legal ability to levy its own fees as a way to raise revenue and avoid the projected 17 percent cut in Metro transit service in 2014. "We are here because we are angry about those cuts," said Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s Socialist City Council candidate. Citizens at other hearings voiced similar concerns."

Seattle Met: Morning Fizz

"However, the night's highlight wasn't about transportation. It came when Socialist City Council candidate Kshama Sawant testified shortly after anti-tax agitator Tim Eyman... Sawant shifted gears and challenged Eyman to a debate on her plank to raise the minimum wage to $15."

Seattle Weekly: Is Seattle Ready for Kshama Sawant?

"The part-time economics professor and Capitol Hill resident considers her candidacy part of a much broader movement of the people for social and economic justice, saying “I’m just playing one role.”  True to this spirit, Sawant uses “we” instead of “I” when discussing her run."

Progressive Voters' Guide: 2013 General Election

"Kshama Sawant is mounting a strong progressive challenge. Sawant promises to use her position to give a political voice to low-income workers, youth, and people of color. She is an ardent advocate for a $15 per hour minimum wage and wants to institute a millionaire's tax to fund mass transit and education. Sawant has the support of some local labor unions and The Stranger newspaper."

The American Bazaar: An Indian-American Socialist for City Council?

"Also beneficial to Sawant’s chances of victory is that projections show those who will be voting in November will be younger in age than the traditional turnout. Young Americans tend to skew liberal and independent, and more often than not are looking for ways to shake up the establishment by electing someone who stands for changing the status quo. Her army of campaign volunteers is a testament to this."

Somali TV: Interviews with Kshama Sawant

Tom Morello (Axis of Justice): Ty Moore and Kshama Sawant Offer Socialist Alternatives to Local Politics

"Sick of corporate politics? There is hope in the coming month! Two anti-capitalist campaigns for City Council in Minneapolis and Seattle have a chance to put independent, grassroots, working-class politics on the map."

International Examiner: Two Generations for Progressive Change

"Sawant’s campaign isn’t even about the candidate. It’s about a grassroots movement — owned and operated by youth, activists and workers — to give real expression and power to the majority who have been shut out of city politics. Sawant passionately articulates the concerns that we all have — that Seattle has become unaffordable for working people, that downtown business interests and real estate developers have enriched themselves while transit and school budgets are gutted, that Seattle police carry out their abuses with impunity."

Seattle Times: Editorial: Shen, Conlin, Bagshaw and Licata for City Council

Washington Liberals: Conlin vs. Sawant: The Politics of Character Assasination

"But let’s think for a moment of what conditions might provide one with a sense of genuine empathy and justice for the 99%. Let’s name a few, and then check Kshama’s record:

  • Working part-time and therefore being underpaid for your talents. Check!
  • Having that employer try and fire you for political activity. Check!
  • Being jailed for your social justice work. Check!
  • Working to defend an Occupy encampment. Check!
  • Working with a radical political organization. Check!
  • Campaigning among low-income workers for a $15/hr minimum wage. Check!"

Seattle Times: Shen, Sawant look to shake up city council from opposite sides

"Sawant has done it by mounting an energetic, populist and grass-roots campaign that won the endorsement of The Stanger and scores of young voters. In candidate forums, she consistently stays on message by pushing three platform points: a tax on millionaires, rent control and a $15 minimum wage for all workers in the city. 'I’m running as a proud independent, not affiliated with either of the two big-business parties,” she said, pointing to rising income inequality here and across the country. 'I am the only candidate who will fight for the workers of Seattle.'"

Mike Lapointe: Shame on the desperate Richard Conlin

"The truth should not be distorted or twisted to salvage the political career of a sellout incumbent. I met Kshama while we both participated in a forum on the Coal Terminal. I spoke with her and felt her honesty. I looked in her eyes and saw determination right then in a woman I realized stood solid as a rock for the cause she championed. That is what the voters in Seattle are seeing and it is a real difference between these two. That is the reason for this ridiculous smear by Conlin. He can’t answer any of the hard questions. He has no solutions and has proven he does not represent the interest of the people. So in the absence of any measurable achievement to point to, embattled by a worthy opponent, he is walking down this pathetic path, grasping at straws."

The Stranger: Conlin's Inept Smear Campaign Is as Stupid as It Is Dishonest

"The good news here is that Conlin wouldn't be lashing out this way if he didn't feel threatened. My guess is that Conlin has polling data that shows Sawant is in striking distance, and that these desperately feeble smear attempts are his response... It's a strategy of distraction—an effort to distract attention away from both Sawant's populist agenda and Conlin's anemic record in office."

KUOW: Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin on the Defensive

"In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support."

Black Agenda Report: Radio interview with Kshama Sawant

Seattle Weekly: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Support a $15 Minimum Wage

"Socialist Alternative Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, for instance, would tax the area’s ridiculously wealthy huge corporate entities to help subsidize any small businesses unable to afford a minimum wage hike."

Central District News: Socially Responsible Development Questionnaire – City Council and Mayoral Candidates Respond

The Stranger: The Case for Kshama Sawant: A Proud, Brilliant, Unapologetic Socialist Is Exactly What Our City Council Needs

"There is nobody in the political leadership in Seattle right now who comes into work every day with a sense of urgency to really fight for people's standard of living," argues Sawant. "That's why voters are engaged in our campaign, because they are hearing a voice that they have been wanting to hear for years."

The Stranger: The Case Against Richard Conlin: Just Look at His Biggest Donors - and His Record

"Conlin can make things easy for those who help him get reelected. After 16 years, his reelection seems so inevitable that he typically scares off good challengers. Not this year. This year, Kshama Sawant is giving Conlin a run for his money. And while she may not have coal money, police money, and freeway money behind her—or the endorsement of a wishy-washy environmental group—she does have a shot at beating Conlin. And in this city, that's progress."

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Broadway Subway worker plans lawsuit over firing

"The Kshama Sawant campaign, which has made a $15 minimum wage part of its platform, also announced its candidate would attend and said that Hernandez has endorsed the Sawant candidacy for the Council."

KOMO News: Protestors picket local Subway, ask for higher wages

KIRO TV: Subway restaurant owner denies firing employee for giving free cookies

Publicola: Morning Fizz

"Viable socialist City Council candidate Kshama Sawant supporters far outnumbered incumbent City Council member Richard Conlin supporters at last night's standing-room only human services candidate forum at the Garfield Community Center, loudly cheering Sawant's anti-Conlin talking (off notes) points: he wants to 'criminalize' panhandling; he's 'two-faced' for saying he wants to raise the minimum wage now that she's running on the issue; and he's taken corporate donations."

The Stranger: Kshama Sawant Is Providing the Only Excitement in the General Election Campaign

"Sawant's economic justice theme, particularly her focus on a $15 an hour minimum wage and, yes, even rent control, has consistently resonated with rank and file voters. It's her passionate mix of short-term pragmatism ('tent cities are a really necessary stopgap measure to help homeless people') and long-term economic idealism ('the roots of homelessness are in the roots of our capitalist economy') that gives Sawant such a special appeal. Nobody is questioning Conlin's intent. But Sawant does constantly question how he and his colleagues can claim to represent the interests of the people while relying on contributions from big business to fund their campaigns."

KUOW: Tax The Rich, Says Seattle City Council Candidate Kshama Sawant

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Social services candidates forum comes to the Central District as City Council races heat up

"According to numbers from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, Sawant has raised $36,982 for her campaign, while Conlin has raised $177,732. Sawant is the first socialist candidate for city council to advance to a general in 25 years. The Seattle Times reported that in 1991, Yolanda Alaniz, a Freedom Socialist Party member, lost to incumbent Sue Donaldson."

CounterPunch: Radical Campaign for Seattle City Council Causes a Stir

"Sure, the Sawant campaign isn’t the first or only working-class campaign ever to make the scene.  But it’s highly significant because 1) It demonstrates a complete break from the dead-end practice of supporting the “lesser evil” of the Democrats and Republicans, 2) It offers a clear message and a distinct, fighting alternative for working people that points a way forward which could, if embraced and extended, actually turn things around for our class.  3) And most importantly, the Sawant campaign stands out from the many others like it now and in the past because has caught fire; because it has attracted people’s attention; because folks are listening and taking notice!"

The Solidarity Report: In Seattle, Fast-Food Workers Lead Spirited All-day Strike

"The tension was noticeable when Councilmember Richard Conlin took the stand, as several members of the crowd shouted at him. “He voted against paid sick leave,” said Ivy, a member of SEIU Local 775. “775 should never have supported him. They should have supported that woman.” “That woman” is Kshama Sawant. Sawant is a professor at Seattle Central Community College, a union member – and Conlin’s challenger for his seat on the council."

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Striking fast food workers hold Pike/Boren rally, march on Broadway

"Among the chief rallying cries was for Seattle to institute a $15 minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage is the cornerstone issue in Kshama Sawant’s campaign to unseat city councilman Richard Conlin in this year’s election. Sawant spoke at the rally and joined the march."

Oregon Live: Minimum Wage Advocates Overpromise on Benefits

"Several of the candidates are at least talking about the possibility of raising the minimum wage in the city, even though Washington already has the highest rate in the nation. And at least one City Council candidate -- Socialist Kshama Sawant, who finished second in the May primary to qualify for the November ballot -- is campaigning hard for a $15-an-hour minimum wage."

CounterPunch: Socialist Breakthrough Highlights Path for Independent Politics

"Sawant’s working-class message and bold campaign for an alternative to corporate politics has had an electrifying effect. 'A majority of workers and young people face an increasingly unaffordable city. Most are disgusted by the endless parade of politicians who play with progressive rhetoric at election time, then pander to big corporations and the super-rich while in office,' said Sawant.

Daily UW: Seattle's One-party System Should Change

"City council candidate Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative stands against cuts and even wants to expand public services by taxing the rich. She won an impressive 35 percent of the vote in the traditionally conservative August primary, in which the incumbent Richard Conlin received only 48 percent... The Democrats aren’t getting it done, and there is a proven space for independent, truly progressive candidates to take back the city."

News Max: Seattle Minimum Wage: Group Wants $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Instead of $9.19

"Kshama Sawant has made the effort the centerpiece of her campaign, and she says she’s getting plenty of support from the public."

India West: Kshama Sawant Advances in Seattle City Council Race

"Sawant backs up her progressive politics with action. She was arrested July 31 by Seattle police for protesting the eviction of a 37-year-old Seattle resident at a demonstration that was organized by an anti-eviction organization."

Mayor of a Different City

Speech on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington at FSP's "Jobs and Freedom Forum"

Morning Fizz: The Obvious Solution

Growing wealth gap spurs on socialist in Seattle council race

Best Politician: Kshama Sawant

The real meaning of Kshama Sawant’s stunning numbers

Kshama Sawant and the Socialist Politics of the Possible

Kshama Sawant, Seattle socialist gets 33% of the vote in council race

Socialist Alternative Candidate Kshama Sawant Polls 33% for Seattle City Council

Socialist Kshama Sawant wins 35%, gains run off spot

United States: Socialist local candidate wins 35% of vote, enters run-off

Estados Unidos - Seattle: Nuestra compañera Kshama Sawant ganó 33% en Seattle

Seattle leads anemic voter turnout in King County 2013 Primary

Socialist Wins 33% of Vote in Seattle – In Runoff — Oakland Socialist

Kshama Sawant Got More Votes than Mike McGinn

USA. Notre camarade Kshama Sawant remporte 33% à Seattle

It's Murray vs. McGinn - Challenger backed by SGN tops primary, mayor runs second

NUESTRA COMPAÑERA KSHAMA SAWANT GANÓ 33% EN SEATTLE

Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes On Seattle Democrats - Again, winning 35% Of The Vote And A Run Off Election

Socialists for City Hall – Sawant and Nygard Compared

Post-Election Jolt: Primary Winners and Losers

Socialist Alternative Candidate Kshama Sawant Polls 33% for Seattle City Council

Kshama Sawant Got More Votes than Mike McGinn

Kshama Sawant: No Shame in Being a Socialist

A BIG NIGHT FOR ED MURRAY, MIKE McGINN, AND KSHAMA SAWANT—A SHITTY NIGHT FOR RICHARD CONLIN

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

Seattle, Bellevue: The closest and noisiest council races

SAFE protests South Park foreclosure eviciton

City Council Candidate Kshama Sawant Arrested Defending Homeowner from Eviction

Socialist City Council Candidate Kshama Sawant Arrested Protesting Home Eviction

Flipping Tricks: Mayoral candidates whisper sweet nothings to low-income workers

Why We Endorsed Kshama Sawant (And Didn't Endorse Richard Conlin)

Seattle City Council Candidates – Position 2 - Radio Debate

Why I Am Voting for Kshama Sawant

Trayvon Martin’s cousin rallies in WA

Activists highlight racial disparities in America during Saturday’s march for Trayvon Martin

Local group protests foreclosure company

Is The Minimum Wage Too Low?

City council race down to the wire

The Stranger Endorses McGinn for Mayor

Surprise, Seattle! City Council Members Are Up For Election, Too

Two City Council seats and KC Executive also up for vote in Aug. 6 primary

Fast-food workers tell city council of poor working conditions

Black Agenda Report - Week of 7/17/2013

Tax The Rich, Says Seattle City Council Candidate Kshama Sawant

What Do Local Venture Capitalist Nick Hanauer and Local Socialist Alternative Candidate Kshama Sawant Have in Common? 

No Surprise, the Seattle Times Shuts Out Progressives in Council Races

Editorial: Albert Shen, Richard Conlin recommended for Seattle City Council

The City Needs to Start Enforcing Wage-Theft Crimes Against Fast Food Employees

Fast Food Workers Share Plight With City Hall

Low pay, 'sickening' conditions: Fast food workers appeal to city

Seattle Police Arrest Foreclosure Protesters at Downtown Bank

Candidate Chat: Seamus Whelan

Kshama Sawant Qualifies for Primary Election

The Minimum Wage: Putting Some Myths to Rest

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Murray: $100,000 in the window, $58,000 out the window

Fast-Food Walkouts: Local Politicians Support the Gesture, but not the Wage

Protect this house

Raise Wages and "Fast Food Restaurants Would Collapse." O RLY?

Occupy Offshoot Blockades Home to Save South Park Man From Eviction

Distorted Coverage of May Day and SPD Conduct Show Need for Big Changes in Seattle

Occupy Offshoot Blockades Home to Save South Park Man From Eviction

ABC Voters (“Anyone But Conlin”) Can Now Choose Between Carver and Sawant

Brian Carver Wants to Be the City's Youngest Council Member

Real Change News: Running in Place

90.3FM KEXP: Mike McCormick interviews live in-studio Kshama Sawant, candidate for Seattle City Council Position 2

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Socialist Sawant makes push for Council with calls for $15 minimum wage, millionaire tax

Seattle Times Blog: Socialist Candidate Will Legislate by Mass Movement if Elected

Seattle PI Blog: Outspoken Socialist to Challenge Conlin

The Stranger: Socialist on the Ballot

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