Socialist Party

A statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
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Washington state and Seattle have a reputation as left-leaning – most recently because of the election of Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant and our adoption of the $15 an hour minimum wage.

But our lefty reputation is older than that. (Exhibit A: statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Fremont.)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Medina Mayor Michael Luis, author of "Century 21 City: Seattle's Fifty Year Journey from World's Fair to World Stage," who says that Seattle -- WTO riots and the $15 minimum wage notwithstanding -- has a pattern of indulging radicals and then returning to business as usual.

Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle

Apr 17, 2014
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Kshama Sawant is the first socialist on Seattle’s City Council. Last year, she ran on a campaign platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, taxing the wealthy and rent control.

She spoke with The Stranger’s Charles Mudede about why now is the time for socialism in Seattle. This talk was recorded at Town Hall on March 18, 2014.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Socialism has been a dirty word in many corners of American politics, and few politicians who identify as socialists have succeeded in the United States.

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.