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Seattle Socialist City Council member facing recall vote Tuesday

A socialist councilor in Seattle faces a recall certification election Tuesday night, a process that was set in motion more than a year ago during the city’s protest-filled summer.

Ballots for the Kshama Sawant recall are due to be cast Tuesday at 8 p.m. PT.

Ms Sawant, 48, a member of the Socialist Alliance Party (SA), has served since 2014 and is the longest-serving member of the city council.

Recall that the organizers of the petition had to collect more than 10,700 signatures – 25% of voters in District 3 in Seattle – to put the measure on the ballot in November. But the more than 11,000 signatures of the petition were not certified by King County officials until September 30, preparing for Tuesday’s vote.

The recall ballot has already seen a high turnout: media reported that more than a third of eligible voters returned their ballots on Sunday evening.

The organizers of the petition appear to be fed up with his actions outside of city council rooms.

“Board member Sawant has repeatedly abused her position and the board’s resources,” the recall petition reads. “It’s time to hold her accountable. “

The state’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in April that the recall effort could go ahead on three charges brought by those seeking Ms Sawant’s ouster:

– Spend $ 2,000 and “help in other ways” in January and February 2020 in support of a ballot initiative that would have levied new taxes on Seattle-based Amazon.

– Help unlock City Hall and admit thousands of protesters on June 9, 2020, at the height of the Occupy protest in the Capitol Hill neighborhood known as CHOP.

– Act as an elected official while leading a protest march to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house on July 3, 2020 just after most of the CHOP protests have ended.

Ms Sawant did not respond to emails seeking comment. His office could not be reached by phone on Monday because his voicemail was full, according to a recording.

In public statements, Ms Sawant denied leading the march to Ms Durkan’s house, where she was a lecturer, and defended its opening of Town Hall.

She admitted to using her money for the Amazon tax initiative, for which she was fined $ 3,515.74.

In response to the recall, Ms Sawant lambasted a “ruling class” cabal which she said is less concerned with the specific events cited in the petition and more with its revolutionary approach to municipal government.

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