Seattle elects socialist candidate to city council


Manuel Valdes
Associated Press
November 16, 2013

Seattle skyline from the Kerry Park Viewpoint. Credit:  dherrera_96 via Flickr

Seattle skyline from the Kerry Park Viewpoint. Credit: dherrera_96 via Flickr


Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history.

Kshama Sawant’s lead continued to grow on Friday, prompting 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin to concede.

Even in this liberal city, Sawant’s win has surprised many here. Conlin was backed by the city’s political establishment. On election night, she trailed by four percentage points. She wasn’t a veteran politician, having only run in one previous campaign.

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