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Sawant Scores Two Victories at 43rd District Democrats Meeting

Unanimous support for Sawant/Licata rent control resolution, Banks not endorsed

Councilmember Sawant scored two victories last night at the 43rd District Democrats meeting. Democrats discussed and voted unanimously to support Councilmembers Sawant and Licata's resolution to the City Council to ask Olympia to lift the ban on rent control.

Defying an appeal from 43rd District State Senator Jamie Pedersen, the majority (55%) of Democrats also voted for a "no endorsement" in the District 3 City Council race, rejecting an endorsement of Sawant's Chamber of Commerce backed opponent.  

This confirms the broad and growing support Councilmember Sawant has as a result of her effectiveness in representing working people and progressives. Support for Sawant, running as a Socialist Alternative candidate, went up compared to the 43rd LD Democrats meeting in May for the primary, where she also defeated the endorsement but with a 46% vote.

"This resolution to support rent control, passed unanimously by the 43rd District Democrats, is another signal to the City Council to stop its foot-dragging. It was clear from the packed city hall meeting we hosted back in April that there is a real hunger for regulating soaring rents.  It was even clearer in July when 1,000 people turned out for a rent control debate, with the vast majority raising their hands in favor of rent control. People want the council to act," said Councilmember Sawant.

"The City Council has an obligation to demand Olympia lift its undemocratic ban on regulating rents. Last year, House Speaker Frank Chopp said he supported rent control but hadn't heard Seattle say they wanted the ability to control rents. Well, I think that the people have made it loud and clear, and last night in Speaker Chopp's district we hear again that Seattle wants to be able to stop rent from skyrocketing," said Councilmember Sawant.
"For too long progressive Democratic Party activists have been disappointed with Democratic politicians who talk about progressive issues during campaign season, but fail to stand up against corporate interests when the rubber hits the road.  The coming vote on rent control on the City Council will help to illuminate whether the current councilmembers are aligned with the progressive members of their party or with the demands of big developers," commented Councilmember Sawant.

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