Kshama Sawant – a Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University economics professor and 2012 Socialist candidate for the 43rd legislative seat – has announced her next political campaign will be against Richard Conlin for a seat on the Seattle City Council.
Sawant will now position her left-of-center politics against the former City Council president.
CHS reported on Sawant in November when she lost against Democratic state House Speaker Frank Chopp, but still walked away with a strong showing for an ardently left-wing candidate.
Socialist candidate for the 43rd legislative seat Kshama Sawant managed an unheard of 27% in early returns. We’re assuming Sonicsgate backlash also might have taken a bite out of Frank Chopp on his way to a still-easy victory.
“We will be running a vigorous grassroots campaign that will fight for low paid workers, youth, poor people and people of color facing police brutality, and all those who are shut out by the Democratic Party political machine that runs this city on behalf of a tiny elite,” Sawant says in a press release.
According to the release, Sawant’s City Council campaign will focus on:
- Initiating a Millionaire Tax to fund public education and a green jobs program
- Expanding public transit
- A $15/hour minimum wage in the city
- Scrapping the MAP test in Seattle Public Schools
- Highlighting systematic SPD brutality, racial profiling and repression of social movements
- A campaign against coal trains