Thank you to the 75+ activists and community members who joined us for an incredible general election doorknocking kickoff for District 3’s socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant!
This year's primary election saw a flood of corporate cash, with our opponent Egan Orion benefiting from the most corporate PAC spending of any of the 55 candidates across the city! PAC spending is on track to shatter records for Seattle elections. This underscores what we’ve been saying all along: this election is about who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people. As Kshama said in her speech at the kickoff rally, progressives and socialists need to unite to stop the Chamber of Commerce backed candidates who made it into all 7 city council races for the general election.
During Saturday’s kickoff we knocked on over 1500 doors with a volunteer team consisting of union members from UAW 4121, the Seattle Education Association (SEA) and more; middle and high school climate strikers; members of the Democratic Socialists of America and Socialist Alternative; and dozens of other supporters from the community. Many of our volunteers were out canvassing for their first time with our campaign, demonstrating the growing momentum for rent control and unity against the onslaught of corporate PAC money.
In the face of $1.7 million between 3 corporate PACs, the Kshama Sawant re-election campaign has built the strongest canvassing operation in the history of Seattle politics. Over 350 volunteers joined us to knock on 90,000 doors in the primary election. The $300,000 we raised came with a median donation of just $20 and more grassroots donors than any other candidate. We’ve used our doorknocking efforts not just to build support for Kshama Sawant, but also to invite community members to get involved in the movement for rent control.
As an unambiguous fighter for working class people, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has brought working people and our movements into City Hall. This year, big business is going all out to get a brazenly pro-corporate majority on the City Council. We must go all out to stop them from buying this election.
Join Team Kshama by adding your $15 donation, signing up to volunteer, and coming out to Bring the Rent Control Movement into City Hall on September 23, where the Seattle City Council's Renter's Rights Committee, chaired by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, will discuss a draft legislation for universal rent control for Seattle.
Please take one minute to register to join Councilmember Kshama Sawant on Thursday, September 26 at the Seattle City Council District 3 debate (tickets are free, but will go fast!). What’s at stake in this election is who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people. As we face off against our corporate-backed opponent, we need all our supporters out to make sure the political establishment hears loud and clear: we will not let the Chamber of Commerce buy this election!