Kshama Sawant

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Kshama Sawant
Seattle City Council, Position 2
In office
2014 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last election2013
First elected2013
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Kshama Sawant is a member of the Seattle, Washington City Council, holding Position 2. She was elected to the council in 2013.[1]

In 2012, Sawant was a Socialist Alternative candidate for District 43b of the Washington House of Representatives.


Campaign themes

Sawant's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Excerpt: "A state and federal jobs program to provide living-wage jobs for all and rebuild our economy with green technology."
  • Excerpt "Tax freeloading big corporations and millionaires to fund job programs, schools, public transit and social services."
  • Excerpt: "No cuts to social services! No layoffs or attacks on public sector unions! Reverse all budget cuts to education, healthcare, and the Disability Lifeline."
  • Excerpt: "Raise the state minimum wage to $15/hour."
  • Excerpt: "For a moratorium on home foreclosures."



Sawant ran for the 2nd Position on the Seattle City Council and was narrowly victorious in an upset election against the incumbent, Richard Conlin, on November 5, 2013.

City of Seattle, City Council, Position 2, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKshama Sawant 50.9% 93,682
     Nonpartisan Richard Conlin Incumbent 49.1% 90,531
Total Votes 184,213


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sawant ran in the 2012 election for the Washington House of Representatives, District 43b. Sawant advanced past the August 7 blanket primary with an unprecedented write-in win; she also advanced in District 43a, but did not continue to run there. Sawant was defeated by incumbent Frank Chopp (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 43b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Chopp Incumbent 70.6% 49,125
     Socialist Alternative Kshama Sawant 29.4% 20,425
Total Votes 69,550

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Political offices
Preceded by
Seattle City Council, Position 2
2014 – Present
Succeeded by