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.
What 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.”