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District 3 recall: ‘Religious and community leaders’ endorse ‘yes,’ scenes from the Kshama Solidarity block party, and how much does a recall election cost, anyhow?

The Kshama Solidarity campaign held a “block party” get out the vote event Sunday in a Capitol Hill park

“Yes” endorsements from “religious and community leaders,” what a Kshama Solidarity block party looked like, and the cost of a recall election — here are the latest updates in the December 7th recall election.

  • ‘Joint Statement’ — The Recall Sawant campaign weighed in Tuesday with a Thanksgiving message from “OVER 70 RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS” condemning Sawant’s “illegal actions” and “damaging rhetoric and calling for a “yes” vote on the December 7th ballot. The full “Joint Statement from the Jewish, Black, and Asian Communities” sent out by Recall Sawant is below. It includes a roster of signatories apparently organized by community and quotes Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah, 16:20 — “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” Recall supporters are also likely big fans of Deuteronomy 6:9 — “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

  • Block Party:  The 2021 Capitol Hill Block Party was again a pandemic cancellation but the F%#k The Recall Block Party went off Sunday in Capitol Hill’s tiny Thomas Street Park. The Kshama Solidarity campaign’s get out the vote session and rally included a few impassioned speeches. “These characters that are behind the recall had tried to get her out in these democratic elections that had been unsuccessful. So now they’re trying undemocratically to unseat our fearless fighter,” one speaker said. “Are we going to let them do that? That’s why you need to get over to the voting station. You need to talk to your friends, coworkers, and people you see at the crosswalk, right? You need to make this the biggest thing we’re talking about.” Another read aloud some choice social media comments from recall supporters including one who likened Sawant to the Wicked Witch and another who offered her a ticket “back to Mumbai.” Besides posting distasteful garbage to social media, “what else do they have in common?,” the speaker asked. “They all come from white men, older white men who vote in off year elections.” But mostly the event was a call to supporters to get active. “We are in the last days to make sure that everyone in District 3 votes “no” by December 7th,” one campaign organizer said. “Over here, we’ve got material from the campaign. You can get a t-shirt, you can get a poster, you can get a button. This is donating to help us to be able to build this movement and build this campaign.”
  • How much does a recall election cost? The cost for the vote will be footed by the City of Seattle — also known as you and me. King County Elections says an election of this scale typically costs around $300,000 — around $4 per registered voter.
  • Recall $awant: In CHS’s previous recall update, we told you about A Better Seattle, the new PAC powered by a batch of $1,000 a pop donations led by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association, and the Pine Street Group. There are no new updates to report for campaign donation totals — the city’s weekly tallying hasn’t been done yet — but there should be one more element noted on the financial front for the new group. Treasurer Philip Lloyd has been a busy player in Seattle’s nexus of dollars and politics — he also filled the same position on the campaign behind the court-snuffed Compassion Seattle initiative and the PAC that powered Ann Davison to a surprise victory in the City Attorney race.
  • (Image: Recall Sawant)

    Recall photo opp: While much of the battle for the Recall Sawant campaign is being waged via the mailbox with a bombardment of printed material and with a growing crop of yard signs, the campaign is also putting boots on the ground. Here’s a team of campaign volunteers gathered somewhere in the CD with a fresh batch of yard signs.

  • UPDATE 11/24/2021 10:15 AM: The Solidarity campaign is holding a Wednesday press conference where “leaders of communities of color” will call for a “No” vote “on Racist, Right-Wing Recall of Councilmember Sawant” at the Central District’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Tomorrow at noon, leaders of  communities of color will hold a press conference to highlight Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s legendary record of fighting for marginalized people, and call for a “No” vote on the right-wing recall campaign.

 

This recall effort, which seeks to overturn the vote of thousands of working people, people of color, renters, and youth in re-electing Kshama in 2019, has targeted not only Councilmember Sawant but the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle. In deliberately choosing a special election over a general election for their recall ballot, the recall has also aimed to make it more difficult than ever for working people and marginalized communities to vote.

 

Wednesday, November 24 at noon, join the Kshama Solidarity Campaign and community leaders such as Reverend Dr. Robert Jeffrey of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Angela Ying of the Bethany United Church of Christ, Raghav Kaushik of the Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans, police accountability & Black Lives Matter activist KL Shannon, Stefanie Fox of Jewish Voice for Peace, and others to highlight Councilmember Sawant’s record of fighting for marginalized people and endorse a “No” vote on this racist, right-wing recall campaign.

 

What: Press Conference

Who: Reverend Dr. Robert Jeffrey (New Hope Missionary Baptist Church), Reverend Angela Ying (Bethany United Church of Christ), Raghav Kaushik (Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans), police accountability activist KL Shannon, Stefanie Fox (Jewish Voice for Peace), representatives from Kshama Solidarity, and others

When: Wednesday November 24, 12pm

Where: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave

 

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iluvcaphill
iluvcaphill
6 days ago

Not a fan of Sawant, but was initially going to vote no for the recall, but after a few encounters with her belligerent and aggressive street teams I changed my vote to yes and turned in my ballot.

big gay Danny
big gay Danny
6 days ago
Reply to  iluvcaphill

Agreed. I actually voted for her in the previous elections but not this time. I’m a democratic socialist at heart, but the hyperbole and heavy-handed tactics of her supporters isn’t something I want to be connected to anymore.

p-patch
p-patch
6 days ago
Reply to  iluvcaphill

I was on the fence until I saw the ballot. The rebuttal section used “right-wing” to describe those supporting the recall effort and/or opposed to Sawant. If we were really carving a bird into equal halves, the entire D3 electorate is on the left side of the roast. Many of those voting against her are even on the left wing. Maybe not the dry, flavorless tip of the wing, but you get the picture. I voted yes too.

Lauri Miller
Lauri Miller
6 days ago
Reply to  p-patch

Exactly! Are there even any “right-wing” voters in D3?

Nandor
Nandor
5 days ago
Reply to  Lauri Miller

There were a whole 9 people who voted Trump in my voting precinct
– quite the cabal, I tell you….Not. None of them was me or anyone I know, yet I voted yes.

Neither political extreme is good for us. Both Trump & Sawant think they are above the rules that govern all us normal folk. We rid ourselves of one, hopefully we can do the same for the other.

Shelee
Shelee
6 days ago
Reply to  p-patch

Same here. I have voted for her twice but I’ve had it with her. I voted yes. Seeing those red signs around the Central area actually piss me off.

I actually live inD3
I actually live inD3
4 days ago
Reply to  iluvcaphill

So it looks like the script goes something like this.. I am a member of marginalized group or socialist (pick one) that previously voted for Sawant and I am voting yes on the recall because she triggers my fragility, made an ethical boo boo, she is literally Trump, receives contributions from people that support her all over the country (pick one). Pathetic brigading at it’s finest.

NoChop
NoChop
3 days ago

Or maybe people are just posting their actual thoughts?

It’s really not hard to look around the city and see a government that is broadly failing at just about everything. Tent encampments are everywhere and growing. These encampments have significantly higher rates of violent crime than the city in general, not to mention the dangers posed by constant fires and environmental disasters.

Theft and shoplifting are through the roof. Retail business are closing Seattle outposts. Corporate businesses are expanding elsewhere or relocating out of the city. Work from home is already eroding the planned revenue from the jump start business tax, which also provides a massive disincentive to ever bring those workers back to the city.

Bridges are failing left and right and there is no plan to maintain to fix them.

Housing costs continue to rise despite HALA zoning changes, massive increases in density and Seattle being the “crane capital” of the world for the last decade.

While the people of D3 may have wide and varying lists of potential solutions to the massive and real problems facing the city of Seattle, is also just a reality that the current council, politicians, and influential lobbying groups (Transit Riders Union, Socialist Alternative, etc) have held the reigns of power in the city for over a decade and have failed it create any forward momentum in solving the problems the city faces, and in most cases have gotten worse under their watch.

Is it really more difficult to believe that people are looking around the city and are just fed up with a failing government, and are fed up with people like Sawant and Gonzales that talk a big game while presiding over failed policy after failed policy, and are now desiring a change of direction and new ideas and voices, than everything being a well funded, coordinated attack on your preferred candidate by a cabal of shadowy figures that are determined to subvert the will of the voters in one tiny neighborhood of a mid-size city?

Zach
Zach
6 days ago

There’s nothing better that shows the Sawant and her supporters are terminally online like those signs they put up saying that Noam Chomsky wants us to vote no lol

Why did they think that’s a good campaign sign

Hillery
Hillery
6 days ago

What a waste of money. Happily voted no. We also don’t need the council to replace her with one of their lackeys.

Eddy Spaghetti
Eddy Spaghetti
6 days ago

I received my ballot over the weekend. The language of the pro-Sawant portion is horrifying and I encourage District 3 voters to read it closely. I can tolerate that kind of language in the media, but not on my ballot.

Steve
Steve
6 days ago

Three-time Sawant voter here, voting yes on the recall after a long internal struggle. She broke the law, repeatedly, since her last election. Folks have different pieces that pushed them over the edge; for me it’s the large protest inside City Hall during the lock-down.

Every time I hear someone tell me, in person or via sign or flyer, that the recall is right-wing or racist or a form of voter suppression, it becomes more and more clear that she and her remaining supporters feel no actual remorse for her actions, or understanding of why breaking the law is not acceptable for a politician of any persuasion or at any level, and can instead only resort to ad hominem attacks to deflect attention.

Steve
Steve
6 days ago

And yes, we can all agree that nothing she’s done is anywhere near the scale and scope of legal and ethical violations as Trump, may he rot in jail for life. But that fact is irrelevant as we determine the one thing that is in our direct control: the consequences to Sawant for her actions.

SeattleGeek
SeattleGeek
6 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Nothing she has done was even on the scope of legal or ethical violations by our mayor Jenny Durkan, but the judge determined we couldn’t recall her. I find it kind of terrible that we are recalling a politician for leading a rally – not a violent protest, not an insurrection but a rally – in a public building but we can’t recall a politician for using criminal amounts of teargas in one of the densest parts of Seattle.

CH Resident
CH Resident
5 days ago
Reply to  SeattleGeek

That’s not the only thing she is being recalled for. She also misused funds, which she admitted to, and led the rally to mayor’s address, which she knew was a protected location. She PERSONALLY did all of these things. Please be honest with yourself and being willing to admit her faults – I have much more respect for people who can do that.

The recall request for both Sawant and Durkan followed the same process, so both people received the same scrutiny. The charges against Durkan were found to have no merit, unlike the ones against Sawant (again, Sawant even admitted to misusing funds).

S.A.
S.A.
5 days ago
Reply to  SeattleGeek

Hear, hear. I can’t believe folks are basing their votes on how the ballot material makes you feel, rather than the question “what policies are going to be advanced or frustrated by having Sawant on the council vs. having someone else occupy that seat”?

Nandor
Nandor
5 days ago
Reply to  S.A.

Neither of those is the question you should be answering…. The only question on there is whether or not you think any one or all 3 of the allegations against are ethical violations that you think make her deserving of removal from office….
For me it’s a yes. She, in my view has demonstrated a pattern of disregard for the rules she took an oath to uphold.

Glenn
Glenn
5 days ago
Reply to  S.A.

But that language in the ballot material is relevant to what policies may be advanced or frustrated by having Sawant on the Council or removed. The language, and the narrative itself, are so over the top, so extreme, yet they accurately reflect Sawant and her entire approach to legislating. Her inability to see those who disagree as anything other than liars, corporate shills, right wing Republicans, etc., makes her a less effective legislator. It also serves to undermine whatever civility remains in our local politics. I want someone who builds broad coalitions, listens to others, and legislates accordingly, and I don’t think those who submit language such as that contained in the election primer are capable of those things.

Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
6 days ago

I’m a democrat, not a rich republican, and voted YES for the recall. She is just as bad as Trump, spouting rhetoric, claiming that she did or impacted things that she had no role in, held a rally in city hall during the pandemic, and admittedly broke the law. She’s a self-serving politician no matter what she or her aggressive supporters say. Nothing good comes from either end of the spectrum and she’s all the way to one end. Voting YES doesn’t make you a rich republican, it makes you a reasonable person.

Lauri Miller
Lauri Miller
6 days ago
Reply to  Paul Thomas

Absolutely agree. See Horseshoe Theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory

Robert M Charles
Robert M Charles
5 days ago
Reply to  Paul Thomas

“RichRepublican”? One word? Funny. There all kinds, none of whom are lemmings.

Mark
Mark
6 days ago

Dropped my partner’s ballot and my ballot in the box this morning. We’re proud to vote no on the racist, right-wing recall. The police officer’s guild wants her gone, the landlords want her gone, the Trump donors want her gone: it’s an easy call for us.

Kshama’s clearly been targeted for being outspoken and unbossed by the establishment that keeps our rents high, our killer cops well paid, and our people in cages. The donor lists speak for themselves.

It’s true, there are stark divisions in this recall election, and we choose not to stand with the folks who want to bring Trump back in 2024. I want to encourage everyone reading to vote, while you still can!

Coco
Coco
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Put my ballot and my husband ballot in mail today. Voting YES. As a gay couple living on the hill for 2.0 years, she has done nothing for the well being of the hill. GOODBYE!

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark

This is such nonsense. Hopefully the majority of District 3 voters aren’t as susceptible to her propaganda. It is sad to see the growing delusional bubbles on the far left and right being inflated by false prophets like Sawant and Trump.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
5 days ago
Reply to  Park neighbor

Bingo. Whenever I hear the terms “racist” and “right wing” in describing the people that oppose Sawant it gives me the biggest eye roll. It’s not a zero sum game. You can be a lefty and think that she’s a garbage politician.

Lauri Miller
Lauri Miller
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Speaking of donor lists, don’t most of Sawant’s anti-recall donations come from out of state?

James
James
5 days ago
Reply to  Lauri Miller

You mean like all of Egan Orion’s money???

Below Broadway
Below Broadway
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark

“70 religious leaders” of all faiths are part of this ‘racist recall.’ How do you figure?

Voted Yes.

CKathes
CKathes
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark

I’m frankly surprised that the recall campaign hasn’t returned George Petrie’s contribution, along with those of all their other identifiably pro-Trump benefactors (and they have a bunch). After loudly denying for more than a year that the recall effort was “right-wing” in nature and calling Sawant a liar for characterizing it as such, in the final weeks they have apparently decided to own it.

I don’t have a great track record at predicting election results and I won’t try to do that here. Maybe their consultants gave them what sounded like good reasons for keeping the Trump-adjacent people on board. But if the recall does fail, their unwillingness to cut loose their most repugnant supporters — just when the largest number of voters are paying attention — will likely be a major factor.

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
5 days ago
Reply to  CKathes

I am surprised that it isn’t more of a news story that the majority of Sawant’s donations are from out of state. It doesn’t sit well when outside interest groups (and the SA cult) try to buy a local election.

Glenn
Glenn
5 days ago
Reply to  jseattle

Look where the actual dollars come from. Sawant gets the majority of her overall financial support from outside the City of Seattle. In addition, less than one quarter of her financial support comes from within D3. In contrast, less than twenty percent of Recall dollars come from outside the City and forty percent of Recall dollars come from D3. A study in contrasts.

CD mom
CD mom
5 days ago
Reply to  jseattle

JSeattle – This is disingenuous playing around with numbers. Shame on you! A much larger percentage of the Recall donations in both $ and # come from people living in our city, and importantly, from District 3 voters, when compared to Sawant’s campaign (as easily determined from the graphs you supplied -> over 50% of $ from outside sources, 40% of # donations)

Yes, the Recall has a smaller donor base (not by much!) which would be expected as Sawant has built her support network over several election cycles. But the graphs show that our most senior city council member has comparatively little support among Seattle’s and D3’s citizens compared to the Recall. She is not representing D3, as she stated herself, but her outside funding sources. These outside funding sources don’t care about our crumbling streets, the frequent shootings on Union/21st, and the homeless encampments around our public schools.

CJ
CJ
5 days ago
Reply to  jseattle

KOMO News says 54% of her contributions are from outside the city.

SeattleGeek
SeattleGeek
4 days ago
Reply to  jseattle

38% of Sawant’s contributors come from District 3, but they’re all small donors. She had 3,577 contributors (38% of 9,412 total contributors) from inside D3.

To contrast, only 34% of the Recall’s contributors come from D3, but they’re much bigger contributors. The recall only has 1,697 contributors within D3.

3,577 D3 contributors (Sawant Solidarity) is >2x of the recall’s 1,697 contributors.

Let’s just say that rich people want Sawant out for rea$on$.

HJBRIDGERII
HJBRIDGERII
3 days ago
Reply to  jseattle

Donors don’t mean votes. Over 55% of Sawant’s donors are from out of state.

RECALL:
40% ($299,709) of Recall money comes from District 3.

SAWANT:
23% ($194,249) of Sawant’s money comes from District 3.

Sawant HAS to go out of state to get support because it’s very clear she can’t get the support from District 3, her own district, which she states emphatically she “does not represent everyone”.

ClaireWithTheHair
ClaireWithTheHair
5 days ago
Reply to  CKathes

There’s no point returning the donation now. Even if they did it’s not like Sawant would apologize or take the posters down. It would just create a news cycle about Petrie, and draw more attention to the fact that he was one of the 5,000 people who donated to the Recall.

It would also be an admission of “guilt”, and validation of Sawant’s bullying tactics. Campaigns shouldn’t have to screen every single donor to make sure they’re not on Sawant’s enemies list. There’s nothing wrong with accepting donations for a good cause from someone who also donated to a bad cause.

Gizmo
Gizmo
5 days ago

Agreed. I’m sick of people trying to police who should and shouldn’t be able to vote for candidates and recalls and donate to campaigns. I am liberal and find Trump and most of his supporters and pretty much all of his policies and tactics repugnant however it does not mean they should be excluded from being able to donate and vote for whomever they see fit. We live in a democracy and everyone must be allowed to participate, otherwise we are on a slippery slope towards authoritarianism. Turned in my yes ballot yesterday.

Below Broadway
Below Broadway
4 days ago

They’re playing the same card as they played on Egan Orion. All donors to their opponent are “corporate big business” and they are “the working class.”

Its tiresome lying by the Sawantists.

CD mom
CD mom
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark…surely you are joking? Lots of Trump-voting folks in D3? I suggest we all cool down the rhetoric, exercise our right to vote, and see what happens. If this is satire, you should mark it as such; if you are for real, you are not helping your case and future civility in D3 and city politics.

James
James
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Your post has a false equivalency. Trump and Sawant are not even close to similar in any fashion. Despicable framing. Shame on you.

James
James
5 days ago

Voting no. I’m black and religious. No one consulted me. I support Sawant as we need left wing voices. More of them and not less. We should be lucky to live in D3.

ClaireWithTheHair
ClaireWithTheHair
5 days ago
Reply to  James

Sawant doesn’t need to be in public office to use her voice. Her office is supposed to be used to help the people of D3 and represent us on the council. Instead she just uses it as a soapbox to promote herself and her party. Socialist Alternative, on their own website and in their own e-mails, talk about the D3 seat as their main recruiting tool and outlet for pushing their ideology on the world. It’s just so bizarre that our little community representative seat has been turned into the vanguard of a global revolution. In a sane world, the D3 rep would be fixing potholes and setting up p-patches, not announcing Capitol Hill’s solidarity with the glorious struggle of striking ironworkers in Bulgaria, or whatever.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
5 days ago

The Sawant street teams are so obnoxious. Literally harassing my partner on our doorstep with a million questions. I realize they have a right to canvass and I also have the right to say I’m not answering their questions. I voted for Sawant twice. Didn’t a third time. Was going to vote no on a recall and now just want her gone in any way possible.

ClaireWithTheHair
ClaireWithTheHair
5 days ago
Reply to  Jeremiah

Just ask them what cross-street they live on and they’ll shut up real fast. None of them actually live in Seattle.

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
5 days ago

I did the same thing. Lol. The “grass roots volunteer” was paid and she had no clue about Seattle. She laughed when I quizzed her because she didn’t even know anything about Sawant beyond the list of talking points on her clip board…racist, right wing recall blah blah blah. Like a propaganda robot.

Gizmo
Gizmo
5 days ago
Reply to  Jeremiah

I just say I already voted yes and it shuts them up pretty fast. On a fifteen minute walk yesterday, I got accosted by them 4 times with a bunch of propoganda and lies. It is just too much.

chris b
chris b
5 days ago

have since moved out of the city due to constant disappointments from city council, but wish I was living here long enough to get her out

We Were Warned
We Were Warned
5 days ago

Vote yes and don’t drink the kool-aid.

Jason P
Jason P
5 days ago

This recall is about the same thing that got Ann Davison, a Trump Republican, voted in as city attorney in this “liberal progressive oasis”: white people with money who want to sweep away homeless people and let the “invisible hand” of the market do its thing at the expense of those of us who live here and don’t make six figures or more. Anyone saying it’s about anything else is full of it. All you have to do is follow the donor money to this recall campaign (and much of this last local election cycle) to see that republicans and “democrats” with money are banding together because they care more about their money, their investments, and sweeping homeless people to where they don’t have to see them than compassion, empathy, justice, and making this place a livable city for anyone but the top one, maybe two percent.

Gizmo
Gizmo
5 days ago
Reply to  Jason P

Stop it with calling Ann Davison a “Trump Republican.” These are lies. She voted for Biden, Obama, and Clinton. See the second paragraph from her own website. https://neighborsforann.com/who-i-am/

joanna
joanna
5 days ago
Reply to  Gizmo

During the 2016 campaign Ann was campaigning and running with Trump. She now states she voted for Biden. Her vote is secret, and we can’t be sure who she supported. Nonetheless, publicly she was with Trump.

Below Broadway
Below Broadway
4 days ago
Reply to  Jason P

How does a Sawant supporter figure that a city which voted 90% Biden has all these “Trump supporters” all of a sudden?

Could it be to a Sawant supporter everyone who opposes them is for Trump?

You know who else said its a war between us and the world? Trump!

You see the problem here? Sawant sees the world as a war to fight. Not Seattle as a city to be well-managed.

Proudly voted YES on recall. We need a D3 representative that actually cares about D3. Not a Socialist Alternative money-maker.

Elena
Elena
5 days ago

I voted no. It was a bit of a struggle, though. I desperately want global change, racial and economic justice, a united and safe community. I understand the socialist vision and I pine for it. I don’t know how that actually comes to pass in a dysfunctional, divided community, though, and I am so curious about how Kshama and her supporters see themselves helping that come about, if she survives the recall, now that the divisive rhetoric (seen here, and everywhere) is at such a fever pitch. Nearly everybody has drawn lines and interred themselves on one side or the other. I am disappointed in her and the people behind the recall, disappointed in the rhetoric across the board. Calling the recall “right wing and racist” is just a talking point that energizes people who are already energized, and starts fights. It’s harmful to the residents here, who see the nuance, who are willing to talk about their differences, but are getting less willing by the day.

I voted no on the recall because I don’t see how it helps the situation. But I have no illusions that it will make anything better if it fails, either. So, yay.

Richard C
Richard C
5 days ago
Reply to  Elena

Elena, exactly right. As an example from the CHS story on the most recent Sawant rally: Do her supporters really think it’s smart to go out of their way to turn off potential supporters — old white males?

Not a fan
Not a fan
5 days ago

I don’t like Sawant, don’t think she’s done much to improve our neighborhood, and won’t be voting for her again. However, I don’t think her crimes rise to the level at which I’d ever vote to recall a democratically elected politician, and I distrust these recall efforts against Democrats funded by Republicans taking place across the country while their own politicians are corrupt and dangerous as hell and they look the other way. Therefore, I’m voting no to the recall.

Glenn
Glenn
5 days ago
Reply to  Not a fan

I would describe your decision as cutting of your nose to spite your face.

Not a fan
Not a fan
5 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

I just don’t believe it’s good precedent to use the recall process to get rid of politicians just because I don’t like them. Yes, Sawant also misused her office and funds, and in an ideal world where politicians from both parties were held accountable, I might care about her particular abuses of office. However, we clearly now live in a world where Republicans openly elect Proud Boys and make heroes out of a President and other politicians who fomented an actual insurrection. So you’ll have to forgive me for being a bit apathetic over what Sawant has done, in comparison.

Nandor
Nandor
5 days ago
Reply to  Not a fan

Our representatives are less corrupt than yours!!………………yeah us 😬

Hill Bill
Hill Bill
5 days ago

What’s with the quotes around Religious and Community Leaders in the headline. Seems to indicate a questionable claim, which seems a bit biased. These folks ARE community & religious leaders, that’s not a spurious label.

Leschi Voter
Leschi Voter
5 days ago

I voted No on the recall for a few different reasons. Mainly, recalls should only be used for extreme, egregious, and illegal actions. From what I understand, this went through the courts/third party and they did not find a problem with what she did.

Recalls are too commonly being used as another election when voters are fed up with someone and this is happening nationwide. If you don’t like someone then vote against them in the next election. This whole recall effort has been a waste of time and resources. Vote No.

CD mom
CD mom
5 days ago
Reply to  Leschi Voter

You are of course entitled to vote as you see fit…BUT the WA Supreme Court decided that the Recall can go forward. Ms. Sawant was asked to pay a fine because she misused public funds. So, problems what she did where clearly found.

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
5 days ago
Reply to  Leschi Voter

Our democratic process allows for recalls. The state Supreme Court evaluated whether the claims had merit. There is nothing undemocratic about providing voters an opportunity to remove a Council member that has abused their power.

Glenn
Glenn
5 days ago
Reply to  Leschi Voter

No court has ruled or indicated in any way that Sawant’s actions were not problematic, as you suggest. The WA Supreme Court ruled the allegations of improper behavior had merit and authorized the Recall to go forward. As far as third parties, the only one I am aware of is the ethics committee which found she had misused city funds to promote an initiative (one of the acts cited by the Recall as sufficient to require her removal). She was required to pay a fine and admitted fault. Certainly requiring a fine be paid does not indicate her behavior was not problematic. The Recall has met it’s legal burden.

joanna
joanna
5 days ago

I am wondering about your headline in light of the press conference. Perhaps, “Competing Leadership Groups Make Endorsements on Recall” would be a better headline.

ltfd
ltfd
5 days ago

“Yes” on the ballot. “No” to Sawant.

Davida
Davida
4 days ago

Sawant is a socialist who has her her own agenda and does not represent District 3. The way she conducts herelf reminds me of Trump! Her agenda has no solution and needs to go!!! Voted YES, District 3 if you are trying to save what the hell has she really done to help this city to be cleanedup and grow? She done a great job of running business away to the eastside, so WTF SEATTLE!!!!!!!

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
4 days ago
Reply to  Davida

Sawant is Trotskyist Marxist figure head of the Socialist Alternative cult. She is not a Democratic Socialist like Bernie Sanders. She would have a lot less support if people googled Socialist Alternative and understood this distinction.

Rob
Rob
4 days ago

Sawant seems to think that if you have the right enemies, your own conduct shouldn’t matter. District 3 can do better. Voting yes, then hoping for a strong, principled progressive replacement.

NinaV
NinaV
4 days ago

I believe her recent actions justify the recall. What I don’t get is why she didn’t run for either of the at-large seats when we first went to representative districts since that is clearly how she views her role.

As someone who voted for her in the past, I feel like she strategically chose District 3 because she and her supporters saw it as winnable as opposed to the citywide races in Districts 8 and 9. Once re-elected, she then chose to operate as if she had won a citywide seat and left District 3 residents with no staff advocacy to reach out to city departments help with unsexy problems like crosswalks and bus service.

I have no idea how this will end. Whatever happens, it will be on the District Dems to come up with a stronger candidates next time.

Park neighbor
Park neighbor
3 days ago
Reply to  NinaV

I totally agree. She is MIA in District 3. She doesn’t even pretend to care about local issues unless she can use them as props for her self promotion. Other people do the hard work and she jumps in to claim credit and bend things to fit her narrative just like she did with the BLM movement and the $15/hr campaign.