Published on
Common Dreams

It's Official: Seattle Elects Socialist to City Council

“Our campaign is not an isolated event, it's a bellwether for what's going to happen in the future.”

Common Dreams staff

It's now official: Seattle voters have now elected a socialist and member of the Occupy Seattle movement to the Seattle City Council, favoring a champion of a $15 minimum wage and tax on millionaires over a long-term Democrat incumbent.

Kshama Sawant, a 41-year-old college economics professor and a champion of a $15 minimum wage and tax on millionaires, took a 50.3 percent lead over 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin's 49.4 percent.

Conlin finally conceded on Friday night. Sawant, who trailed on election night November 5, has gained steadily as vote-by-mail ballots are continuing to be counted. “I don’t think socialism necessarily makes most people in Seattle afraid,” Conlin said during his concession statement.

"These exciting results show a majority of voters are fed up with the corporate politicians who have presided over the widening chasm between the super-rich and the rest of us," Sawant said in a statement.

Sawant, who began her political career by challenging and losing to Washington state House Speaker Frank Chopp last year, ran as a proud socialist on a simple platform: a new millionaire’s tax to fund a public transit system, a $15-per-hour minimum wage and rent control for Seattle.

Sawant will join the council in January.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article

More in: