A new leader in D3 race: incumbent pulls ahead — UPDATE: Sawant declares victory: ‘Our movement has won our socialist office for working people’

UPDATE 11/9/19 10:45 AM: In front of supporters and volunteers who gathered for training on her campaign’s weekend ballot “curing” effort, Kshama Sawant declared victory Saturday morning in the race for the District 3 seat on the Seattle City Council. “Our movement … Continue reading

Election Night count tallies an Orion lead in the ‘OK’ zone, Sawant trailing but ‘within range’

With reporting by Margo Vansynghel, Jake Goldstein-Street, and Alex Garland The first count in the race for the District 3 was anything but definitive but challenger Egan Orion opened up Election Night 2019 with an eight-point lead over incumbent Kshama … Continue reading

Election Day 2019 notes: Capitol Hill ballot box stuffed, District 3 parties, Sawant campaign calls for extra time

Have you voted yet? Turn in your ballot at the conveniently located ballot box located on the north side of campus. #myseattlecentral #electionday pic.twitter.com/ahe7CNzhGS — Seattle Central College (@SeattleCentral) November 5, 2019 As the final hours of the 2019 General … Continue reading

DISTRICT 3 GET OUT THE VOTE: phone banking, text banking, and Sawant canvassers vs. Orion canvassers on the streets of D3

It would be ironic if the uber expensive, cash and digital advertising-infused, about as dirty as Seattle political fighting gets District 3 race came down to an old-fashioned “get out the vote” push but that didn’t stop both campaigns duking … Continue reading

Di$trict 3: Amazon pumps over $1M into Seattle elections — What it means for District 3

Remember that time when we reported that independent spending from Political Action Committees had soared to unprecedented heights? That was a week ago. Campaign finance has become even more, um, unprecedented this week with the announcement Tuesday that Amazon is … Continue reading

A movement leader and community leader want the D3 seat for City Council — Here’s how they got there

On the surface, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the YouTube video. The clip from November 29, 2011, hasn’t been viewed much more than 2,900 times. Like many other ‘flash mob’ videos from the era, the camera slightly shakes as … Continue reading

Voter turnout is up — particularly in D3’s wealthier neighborhoods — What will that mean for Sawant and Orion in November?

In the “election surprises” category, this curious nugget of information wins first prize: in Broadmoor, the gated golf club community near Madison Park, five people voted for District 3 incumbent and Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant. Over 400 people in … Continue reading

Orion’s D3 drag wins ‘best dressed’ but faces rough crowd at City Council candidate talent show

Ten of the 14 remaining Seattle City Council candidates — including one District 3 candidate done up in drag for the night — faced some of their most progressive constituents in a fun but heated at times pageant Wednesday night. District … Continue reading

Early results show Sawant-Orion battle for D3

With reporting by Margo Vansynghel and Alex Garland With some $716,000 in campaign contributions, another $250,000 in Democracy Vouchers, and tens of thousands more from special interest “political action committee” spending injected, the District 3 race to November is shaping up … Continue reading