Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council
3:41 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Licata's Advice To Kshama Sawant: 'Be Honest To Yourself And Respect People'

Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about the unique challenges that outsider candidates face.

Elections 2013
5:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Richard Conlin Concedes: Seattle Elects Sawant As First Socialist Councilmember

Councilmember Richard Conlin, left, conceded Friday night to Kshama Sawant, his socialist challenger. Conlin has been on the city council for 16 years, or four terms.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin conceded his seat to challenger Kshama Sawant late Friday after Sawant’s lead widened to 1,640 votes, or 50.3 percent of the vote.

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Recount?
10:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Socialist Kshama Sawant Leads Conlin By 1,148 Votes

Seattle city councilmember Richard Conlin, left, is now losing to Kshama Sawant, right.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 11/14/13, 5 p.m. PT: 

Kshama Sawant remains ahead of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin by 1,148. On Wednesday, Sawant was ahead by 402 votes. If she maintains this lead, the race will not be eligible for a recount, although Conlin could contest the vote count and pay for a recount.  

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Charter Amendment 19
7:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

New Seattle Districts Could Hurt Poor, Minorities, Critics Say

District 2 is "majority-minority." Critics say it could be hard for minorities to get their voices heard in Districts 1 and 3.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle voters may have just voted for several city council races, but they’ll do it again in 2015.

That’s because Charter Amendment 19 calls for the city to be divided into seven districts, with one city council representative from each. But some advocacy groups worry the new system of districts may harm minorities and the poor.

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Elections 2013
5:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

McGinn Concedes, Reflects On Frustrating Moments As Mayor

McGinn concedes, saying he's offered to help his replacement Ed Murray in any way possible.
Credit Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn conceded the race to his challenger Ed Murray on Thursday. Meanwhile Murray said he wants to resign his state senate seat as soon as possible so he can focus on his transition to City Hall.

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Elections 2013
2:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Councilmembers Will Represent Districts – But Which One Is Yours?

Seattle will be divided into these seven districts. Residents of each district will elect a city councilmember to represent them.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle prides itself on being a city of neighborhoods – small cities wedged between two bodies of water – but its city councilmembers are elected by the city at large.

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Elections 2013
8:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Sawant Trails Conlin For Council Seat But Vows To Keep Up Socialist Struggle

Kshama Sawant pumps her fist in celebration while talking about how the election demonstrates the growing success of the socialist party in Seattle.
Andrew Tat, The Daily

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant is trailing the incumbent, Richard Conlin.  But she’s not conceding; she’s holding out hope as more votes are counted. And she plans to keep her Socialist Alternative party involved in Seattle politics.

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Elections 2013
1:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why Socialist Kshama Sawant's Campaign Matters, Win Or Lose

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Kshama Sawant didn’t have to identify as a socialist.

Seattle City Council races are nonpartisan, after all, and her views aren’t particularly revolutionary, as far as Seattle goes: She supports a $15 minimum wage (as do both mayoral candidates), unions for low-wage workers and rent control.

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Elections 2013
3:23 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Activist Democrats Support Socialist Candidate Kshama Sawant

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A self-declared Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council is making waves among the city’s Democratic Party establishment.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elections Are Coming! Minimum Wage, Mayor's Race And More

The City of SeaTac is considering an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News.

The City of SeaTac is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle is considering two proposals that would impact City Council races and we take another look at the Seattle mayoral race with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.

Plus, we talk over the Affordable Care Act's glitchy start and check in with Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Elections 2013
5:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Charter Amendment 19: The Debate Over Districting The Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council complex.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

This election, Seattle residents have the opportunity to change the way they are represented by the city government.  Charter Amendment 19 on the ballot would change the look of the City Council – instead of all nine members being elected at large to represent the whole city, voters would elect seven of those members by the districts they live in.  The two remaining seats would continue to be elected by a citywide vote.

The Record’s Marcie Sillman sat down with an advocate from each side of the issue: Marjorie Rhodes from Choices, Not Districts; and Eugene Wasserman from Seattle Districts Now.

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Elections 2013
4:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Good Luck, Challengers: Seattle Council Members Usually Hang On To Seats

Flickr Photo/Angelo Carosio

When you fill out your ballot in the coming days, you should know that the people you elect to the Seattle City Council might just stay there for a long time.

That’s because Seattle City Council incumbents rarely lose. In fact, only five incumbents have lost in the last 20 years. And three of those were elected in the wake of a 2003 scandal in which strip club operators illegally gave campaign money to council members.

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Elections 2013
12:57 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin On Defensive

Seattle City Council candidates Richard Conlin and Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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Elections 2013
4:12 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Candidates O'Brien and Shen Debate Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council candidates Albert Shen and Mike O'Brien at KUOW studios.
Flickr Photo/Bond Huberman

In a city of like-minded politicians it can be tough to tell the policy differences between candidates running for office. But incumbent city councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen have strong disagreements, including how to build more affordable housing.

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News
8:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Seattle May Embrace, Regulate Rideshare Companies

Taxi driver Jagjit Singh told Seattle City Council that drivers don't have a level playing field with other rideshare services.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is trying to determine how it should handle new rideshare companies that compete with taxis. Council members told a packed meeting Thursday they are leaning towards embracing — and regulating — them.

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