Seattle is at a crossroads. While construction cranes and luxury condos increasingly dominate our skyline, most of us face an affordable housing crisis. While our city and state are home to some of the world’s wealthiest corporations, we face underfunded services and the most regressive tax system in the nation.
Working people and people of color are being driven out by the fastest rising rents of any major U.S. city. An out-of-touch political establishment spends billions on business-approved projects like the Bertha boondoggle, while rejecting rent control and taxes on corporations and the super-rich.
Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has led the opposition to this corporate-driven agenda. Kshama has been an unapologetic champion of working people, delivering on her campaign promise to make Seattle the first major city to pass a $15/hour minimum wage less than six months after she took office.
Since then she helped win a series of other progressive victories (read more about her record here).
In the words of veteran Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata,
Kshama has made things happen that never would have happened before.
Now Kshama is tackling head-on the crisis of skyrocketing rents by fighting for rent control, for a Tenants’ Bill of Rights, and for the city to build thousands of high-quality apartments rented at below-market rates. She is working to fully fund a world-class public transit system and implement Municipal Broadband as an alternative to the slow and expensive Comcast and Centurylink monopolies.
As a representative of working people, Kshama does not take a penny in corporate cash. While the rest of the City Council pays themselves $120,000/year, Councilmember Sawant takes only the average worker’s wage and donates the remainder to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements.