Where is Kshama? Getting married

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As hundreds of activists packed City Hall Monday to speak out against the plans for a new North Precinct headquarters, the most progressive voice on the Seattle City Council was notably absent — for a most excellent reason. She was getting married.

Where is Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant?, this TV news bit asks.

District 3 representative Kshama Sawant has, indeed, been absent for council briefings in recent weeks. “CM Sawant has been working continuously since January and has taken time off this month to be with family and attend to personal needs,” read the statement from Sawant’s office sent to CHS after we asked about her schedule.

2016-08-15What the statement didn’t include is that the Socialist Alternative representative’s “personal needs” include an important bit of business. Sawant was out of the country for her marriage to Seattle Socialist Alternative organizer Calvin Priest. The couple purchased a home together in the Leschi neighborhood near MLK Jr. Way in 2014.

A new marriage won’t be the only change for the firebrand progressive. In July, she applied to change her name to Kshama Ramanujam Iyengar dropping the last name she took from her first marriage, according to court records. Her parents are Vasundhara and H. T. Ramanujam.

We will follow up with the Sawant office to find out if, indeed, it will still be the Sawant office when the councilor returns. In the meantime, Kshama still found time in the middle of her nuptial travels to post a rallying cry for the #blockthebunker cause. We’re sure she’ll be around this fall when the debate continues. UPDATE: We’re told staff is “working with HR on the name change.”

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4 thoughts on “Where is Kshama? Getting married

  1. She was also at the Democratic National Convention, attacking the Democratic party and our nominee. This is troubling to those of us who are Democrats and thought we had built something of a mutual coalition with Ms. Sawant. Apparently, that coalition only goes so far as electing her. Perhaps it’s time we examine our willingness to support her next election.


    • Since the first time I saw Ms. Sawant on Capitol Hill with an entourage of photographers (hired by her) I knew she was a fraud. That was before she was even elected the first time. She is nothing but a brand of self promotion. It’s unfortunate the people of the 3rd district were duped by her and elected her to a second term.

    • Well for sure. Any time a Socialist is supported by main line political parties should throw a red flag up. Hardly ever if ever has a Republican party supported Socialism. Sure the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Socialism has never worked just take a look at the nations that have come and gone in the last 100 years that were run by Socialists.