Organization Endorsements

43rd LD Democrats

Personal Endorsements

Mike O'Brien
Seattle City Councilmember, District 6
“Councilmember Sawant has pushed Seattle politics in a progressive direction in a way that few have. While I’m not a socialist, and Kshama and I have had our share of disagreements, we’ve worked together on many issues like the $15 minimum wage, the ‘Shell NO!’ campaign against Arctic drilling, on blocking the $160 million North police precinct, and now on the Green New Deal. Kshama is a strong woman of color who stands up to big business. I refute the negative attacks on her attempting to paint her as divisive because of her courageous positions. I find her to always be upfront, principled, and reliable, even if I don’t always agree with her theory of change or criticisms of other elected officials. We need to keep Kshama on the Council as a consistent voice for ordinary people, and to stand up to the attempts of the Chamber of Commerce to run City Hall.”
Joe Nguyen
Washington State Senator
“Seattle is at a pivotal moment where the future of our city is on the line. Rampant inequality in wealth and justice has displaced communities who have helped build this city. We need a leader who has stood with workers and working families. The choice in Seattle City Council District 3 is clear. Councilmember Kshama Sawant will continue the fight so everyone gets a chance at opportunity and not just the wealthy few."
Teresa Mosqueda
Seattle City Councilmember
“Here in Seattle we’ve elected pro-worker, pro-union champions and we are unapologetic in our fight to build worker power. That’s why corporations are running scared and have dumped millions into Seattle City Council races because they want to roll back our progressive gains... I urge District 3 residents to vote for Kshama Sawant, who I’m proud to serve with on City Council, so we can continue to fight for workers’ rights, and show that our democracy is not for sale.”
Lorena González
Seattle City Councilmember
“With Amazon fighting all of us, it’s not about whether you’re a Democrat or a socialist. What matters is our movement, our call to build a more just city, fundamentally built on our progressive values. That’s why I urge District 3 voters to support Kshama Sawant, along with the slate of progressive candidates running in other districts.”
Rebecca Saldaña
Washington State Senator
“I am the State Senator who represents the 37th LD that includes parts of District 3 and District 2. I endorse City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant for District 3. Her leadership was critical in securing the $15 minimum wage and establishing the Office of Labor Standards so that workers’ rights are protected. Kshama has been an effective, critical voice in speaking up for communities of color and immigrants and the ongoing fight to make Seattle affordable for all. It’s not okay that one oversized company, Amazon, thinks it can buy our city’s election. Democracy of and for the people matters. That is why I am supporting Kshama and progressive candidates running in every district because we need to put people before one big business’ profits.”
Nicole Macri
Washington State Representative
“At a time of unprecedented inequality in our city, Kshama has been diligent and consistent in her work for justice and equity. She has stood with the LGBTQ community, communities of color and immigrant communities, and she has emphasized the urgent need for a Green New Deal. We may not agree on everything, but Kshama is always willing to discuss tough issues and to listen. I’ve been grateful to partner with her in the fight to protect renters and expand affordable housing. Now is the time to send a clear message that our city is not for sale to corporate interests like Amazon. We need advocates like Kshama in City Hall who will stand up for our democracy and who will stand with the diverse communities of central Seattle.”
Nick Licata
Former Seattle City Councilmember
“Whether it was the $15 minimum wage, rent control, or city income tax, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has pushed that discussion on the Seattle City Council. She has never wavered on her commitment to fight for working people’s needs. Seattle has benefited from her being on the City Council and I see her continuing to speak out for those residents who have the greatest needs. Progressives can count on her, and she deserves their support.”
Cary Moon
Activist, Urban Planner, and 2017 Seattle Mayoral Candidate
“We NEED Kshama on Seattle City Council. She is a relentless organizer for working class people. She questions cozy relationships and stands up to corporate power. She pushes bold solutions like $15/hour, tenant protections and rent control until they become common sense. These times call for courage — our city needs an inside activist to spark action, challenge the status quo, and hold power accountable. We need to re-elect Kshama.”
John Frazier
President of WFSE Local 3488 at Harborview Medical Center
“Kshama Sawant has been a powerful force for the people - leading the way on the $15 minimum wage, landmark renters' rights laws, and fighting for workers' rights. We need to keep her voice in City Hall.”
Matt Remle
Cofounder, Mazaska Talks, Editor and writer for Last Real Indians, Hunkpapa Lakota
“When we reached out to Kshama with the Indigenous Peoples Day resolution, we actually had been trying for years in this city, multiple years, in liberal Seattle, to get a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, and we were met with silence, literally silence. Until she was elected, and I want to say you responded back within a couple of hours, and said 'that's what we got elected for, to support communities, to support oppressed communities, and we will absolutely take on this issue.'”
Noam Chomsky
Activist and Author
“I am very pleased to endorse Kshama Sawant's campaign for City Council in Seattle. Her accomplishments and plans are a model for what the country badly needs.“
Mac McGregor
LGBTQ community leader and activist
“If you want thoughts and prayers, there are many other offices to call. If you want action, Kshama's office is the one to call. Because hers is the one that gets stuff done.”
Ubah Warsame
Community leader and activist, Somali Health Board*
“It is a must for Kshama to be in City Hall. She is the one that when we reach out, when people need her, she is there. Kshama, we’re with you, and we’re going to continue that fight together.“
Larry Gossett
King County Councilmember
“We have class and racial oppression and Kshama Sawant has never been afraid to challenge those two things. We must all work together to re-elect Kshama Sawant.”
Katie Wilson
Transit Riders Union, General Secretary
"Since she was first elected in 2013, Kshama has been a strong voice for expanding mass transit and making transit free. She also understands that we can’t keep building our transit system on the backs of working and poor people—we have to fight to flip our regressive tax system so that wealthy people and corporations start paying their fair share for public goods like public transit.”
Reverend Dr. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr
Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
“Racism has taken on a new character. Wealth and privilege is the new mantra. We can’t sit idly by while multi-billionaires are displacing entire communities. What we’re against is the super rich dominating society while the homeless are being left on the street, where people with middle incomes are being driven further and further out of Seattle. That’s why I’m behind Kshama and her re-election.”
Amy Madden
Leader in 43rd LD Democrats, 43rd PCO*
“Again and again, Kshama Sawant has stood with the underrepresented and marginalized communities in our city. She has supported coalitions of community groups, including progressive activists from the 43rd, to organize and achieve victory after victory for our communities... It’s not enough to take the right stand at election time. Kshama has shown us that she will fight for us 24/7. We need to keep an organizer and powerful movement-builder on the City Council. We need to re-elect Kshama Sawant.“
Maru Mora Villalpando
Immigrant rights leader
“The reason why I support Kshama is because precisely in Seattle, it’s a clear fight. I’m one of millions of people across the nation who are facing this monster, and usually what we hear from local officials is 'deportations are a federal issue'. They’re just passing the buck. There’s this idea that Seattle so progressive. That we’re is a 'sanctuary city'. Yet there’s a building on 2nd Avenue where ICE is located, which is really the epicenter for deportations in this state and beyond.”
Brett Hamil
Local comedian & political commentator
“Kshama Sawant has taken on the uphill fight for Seattleites who don't commute on private jets. She's a crucial voice of dissent, she's changed the political equation in Seattle for the better, and we must reelect her.”
Jesse Hagopian
Seattle teacher, Seattle Education Association member, SEE member*
“There are a lot of politicians who make empty platitudes about the youth being the future. There are very few who actually fight to defend public education so that the future of our youth can be bright. We live a city with unimaginable wealth at time of unprecedented growth and a booming economy. And yet we have hundreds of homeless students in the Seattle Public Schools and a $40 million dollar budget shortfall leading to hundreds of teachers being displaced from their schools. Kshama Sawant has been one of the few politicians who has been a consistent champion for our schools and our educators... and, most importantly, she knows that her job is to support educators, students, and parents to rise up to create the fundamental change we need in public education.”
Chris Persons
Chief Executive Officer at nonprofit Capitol Hill Housing
"Kshama Sawant is a unique and powerful voice for our community and our city especially for those whose voices are too often unheard. Kshama is unafraid to stand up to the wealthiest and most powerful, bullhorn in hand, to fight for what she believes in, what I believe in and what most of you belive in. This is why I support my freind Kshama Sawant and call for her reelection."
Robert Cruickshank
Campaign Director at Demand Progress*
"The battle over the Amazon Tax reminded us that we need champions on the City Council who will boldly stand up to corporate power, take on big money, and fight in the public interest and for working people. I have no doubt that Kshama Sawant will continue to be that leader. She's been doing it for the last six years on the City Council."
Mike Andrew
MLK Labor Executive Board member*, UAW 1981/National Writers Union
"As an LGBTQ labor activist I always appreciate our allies in public office speaking up for us when we ask. What I love about Kshama is that she speaks up for the LGBTQ community even without us having to ask. That's the best kind of ally."
Shannon Morrison
Indigenous People’s Day planning committee, a co-chair of CANOES for City of Seattle Native American Employees, and a member of the Tlingit tribe
“Kshama’s been supportive of us with replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, fighting for $15/hr, fighting to end homelessness, to divest from Well Fargo. All these issues have had an impact on the Duwamish community.”
Abdi Shire
Seattle Rideshare Drivers Association and Somali Diaspora Network
“We need to re-elect Kshama Sawant, a candidate who stands with working people, not the big corporations. Kshama unites our community so we can fight for housing, good pay and rights, equality, and justice for all.”
Peter Kuel
Human rights activist, App-Based Drivers Association, Teamsters Local 117
"Kshama is our hero and role model, and she’s fighting for all of us - for our rights, respect, and dignity. She stands with the drivers and with ABDA and the Teamsters 100%.”
David Parsons
President, UAW 4121 representing 5,500 academic workers at the University of Washington
“Whether you’re a part of a union or not, we’re all part of a labor movement, and increasingly a fighting labor movement that is working together and working with champions like Kshama to fight the worst excesses of capitalism.”
Mama Fadumo
Community Organizer, 17-Year Resident in Yesler Terrace and High Point Communities
“Immigrant families are barely holding on in Seattle. When we faced 400% rent increases from Seattle Housing Authority, most of us East African Immigrant families, it was Councilmember Sawant who said we can fight this. And she stood with our movement every step of the way, helping us get organized, and ultimately, helping us win. Kshama is a fighter, and what we need is more fighters.”
Juan Bocanegra
Supportive Director at El Comite and lead organizer of the May 1st Action Coalition*
“The only way we will win is by getting people like Kshama who are willing to stick out their necks. Many politicians are afraid of big business. Kshama is not at all - it’s uncanny. Some people ask if she’s abrasive. These companies are the ones destroying our environment. The devastation of these communities, the destruction, that’s what’s abrasive.”
Linda Soriano
Lummi Nation
“Kshama is a trailblazer who makes things happen! She is a voice for all people, diligently and tirelessly involved with issues that affect us all — especially oppressed communities and indigenous people. I am honored to endorse her.”
Jon Grant
Housing Activist
"Since holding office Council Member Sawant has acted decisively to hold the powerful accountable. When notorious slumlord Carl Haglund threatened economic eviction of low income tenants in his building, she toured their homes to see for herself the black mold and roaches. She organized alongside the tenants to force the landlord to improve living conditions and pass legislation banning rent hikes in substandard homes. When the police accountability legislation was rolled back by the police contract, she voted against the contract because she knew it would gut reforms. When the housing authority threatened to jack up rents on public housing tenants 500%, disproportionately impacting immigrants and refugee families, her intervention elevated tenants' voices to block the proposal. I always knows where she stands, and her moral clarity is what we need on the City Council."
Kim Lundgreen
Caseworker/Cultural Mediator, Vietnamese Community Organizer, Vietnamese Senior Association*

"Kshama has always stood with the Vietnamese community. When she established the People’s Budget at city hall, she helped us fight for and win $25,000 in funding so that our seniors could have access to bus passes and cultural activities. Kshama understands that immigrant communities are more vulnerable to poverty, and she helps us organize to stand up against gentrification. She is the voice of senior citizens, immigrant communities, and the poor in city hall."

"Ủy viên hội đồng thành phố Kshama luôn đứng vững với cộng đồng người Việt. Khi bà thành lập ngân sách nhân dân tại hội trường thành phố, cô đã giúp chúng tôi chiến đấu và giành chiến thắng tiên tài trợ. Tiền tài trợ đó để người già của chúng tôi có thể tiếp cận với các hoạt động văn hóa và mua vé xe buýt. Ủy viên hội đồng thành phố Kshama hiểu rằng cộng đồng người nhập cư dễ bị đói nghèo hơn, và cô ấy giúp chúng tôi tổ chức để đứng lên chống lại gentrification. Cô là tiếng nói của người già, cộng đồng nhập cư, và người nghèo trong hội trường thành phố."

Tiffani McCoy
Lead Organizer for Real Change*
"I always know where Councilmember Sawant will stand on an issue— on the side of working people, the poor, the marginalized. She has been a fierce advocate for public housing, rent control, and fully funding human services and we cannot lose her voice and dedication to movement building!"
Geov Parrish
Activist and Cohost of Eat the Airwaves, KODX-FM
"Kshama Sawant has been a consistently fearless and effective advocate for the people who traditionally have been shut out of the city decisions affecting our lives. Seattle's ruling elite are deeply contemptuous of such voices - that's why they've been working hard to get Kshama off of city council. Having Kshama at the table has not only led to numerous victories for ordinary Seattleites, it's led to exposure of schemes by which Seattle's wealthy hoped to enrich themselves. In this era of public cruelty and brazen corruption, it's more essential than ever that we keep Kshama on city council, fighting for all of us."
Josh Castle
Community Engagement Director at Low Income Housing Institute*
"Kshama is an unapologetic progressive champion and fighter for workers, renters and those who aren’t wealthy and connected. She is a leader on tackling our city's affordable housing crisis and helping our unhoused neighbors. We need to re-elect Kshama Sawant!"
Gayle McLaughlin
Two-term former Mayor of Richmond, CA
"It is my honor to endorse Kshama Sawant for re-election to the Seattle City Council. One thing I learned as the progressive mayor of Richmond, CA, is that it takes a movement to get bold changes to happen. Kshama is clear on this as well. She understands that elected officials need to organize as well as govern. Only with strong leadership such as Kshama’s can we continue to build a real progressive movement, one that will ultimately overcome the domination of our lives by Corporate America."
Jean Swanson
City Councillor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
"People in Seattle are lucky to have Kshama, a principled person who is so clear about who and what she is working for. As Kshama says, its not about one person. Its about a movement, and it is an international struggle."
Jane McAlevey
Labor Organizer, Author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age
"Kshama Sawant represents the best of a rank-and-file union activist who understands how to bring worker power into city hall. She tirelessly overcomes the silos too common in the progressive movement by seamlessly integrating the struggles for workers’ rights with tenant rights with racial and gender justice, to name a few issues she consistently champions. Best of all, Kshama understands that the movement isn’t about her, or any individual leader – it takes all of us to unite and fight, in order to win. Kshama is an inspiration to working people well beyond Seattle."
Roxanne White
Yakama, Nez Perce & Nooksack grassroots leader for Native Rights, Social Justice and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
“Kshama Sawant is a phenomenal woman! I would like everyone to lift this strong, loving, passionate leader up in your prayers. Let’s return the love by endorsing and voting for #KshamaSawant!”
Shirley Henderson
Co-Owner of Squirrel Chops, a small business in District 3
“We don’t need another corporate representative in city hall. We need someone like Kshama who has fought with small business, the LGBTQ community, and the poor...Kshama has proved herself over and over again to be the accessible City Councilmember we need, answering phone calls, holding rallies, and opening up her office to ordinary people.”
Sera Cahoone
Solo singer-songwriter and former drummer for Band of Horses
"Council Member Kshama Sawant has has fought fearlessly for positive change in this city! As a musician I watched her use her grassroots tactics to gather the energy we all had in saving the Showbox into a force of action. She is unafraid to stand up to big developers and businesses that want to bulldoze our city. We need that kind of leadership now more than ever! #VoteSawant"
Alex Kostelnik
Owner, 20/20 Cycle & (the former) Electric Lady Bike Shop

”When I tackled closing my business on E. Union St. this year, a little bird told me that Kshama Sawant's office had heard that I needed a new tenant in order to get out of my lease- and that I should give them a call.

Indeed it was true, and we worked together to bring in the US Post office- to have them return to the community and reopen an office darn near where they left the last one. And this time it would be across the street from the old spot. As it turned out, it would indeed be at the site of my old bike shop, Electric Lady.

Kshama and Johnathan stuck with me and were available and transparent as the process moved forward. Kshama and Johnathan hit a home run. Their help was so important.

I am proud to leave my retail space with this legacy. Who would have thought a Seattle City Council member would help my small business in a particular time of need? Well, she did!”

Workie Wubushet
Owner of Saba Ethiopan Cuisine, a small business in District 3
“Our restaurant has been here for 20 years. Since I reached out to Kshama Sawant, the fear of being evicted was removed. Now I am not alone in the fight against gentrification!”
Ramona Bennett
Puyallup elder & long time children's advocate
“Kshama cares for and really represents the people. She puts the needs of the ordinary citizens in front of the corporate influence and pressure. She often appears to stand alone speaking up and out for fairness and decent treatment for the ones who are struggling to survive in one of the best economies in America. I wasn't surprised when Starbucks, Dicks, and Amazon refused to support a plan to help the common people keep roofs over their heads. They don't see why they should quit counting their/our money to be part of a solution. Kshama shouldn't stand alone. She deserves our support.”
Sarah Sense-Wilson
(Oglala) Urban Native Education Alliance Co-Founder and Chair*
“Kshama Sawant is a powerful ally in disrupting the gentrification, social and educational inequities experienced by our urban Native community. I wholeheartedly endorse Kshama Sawant for re-election to Seattle City Council.”
Paula Lukaszek
President of WFSE Local 1488, Plumber at the University of Washington
“The thing I admire about Kshama is she takes up causes that very few people in City Hall are willing to take up. There’s very few social justice issues that Kshama doesn’t either initiate or work with others to get going. I’m talking about immigration issues, pay equality, discrimination, harassment, affordable housing, rent control, eviction, and homelessness. Any time there are social justice issues in this city Kshama is there to support people.”
Sam Sumpter
Vice President of UAW 4121
“Kshama's tireless commitment to the power of grassroots organizing is so important and so unique in politics. She's been an unequivocal ally to my union countless times—when workers need her, she shows up every single time.”
David Yao
Vice President, APWU Greater Seattle Local
“I’m really happy that there is someone on our City Council who is not willing to go along to get along, who is willing to build a real movement for affordable housing.”
Amy Hagopian
University of Washington professor and SEIU 925 member
"Councilmember Sawant has led an aggressive campaign to push Seattle politics to left. She is perhaps best known for one of her first efforts — passing a historic city ordinance to gain a $15 minimum wage for all city workers... The city council needs a left-wing anchor to show the rest of the members where the goal post is. No other district will send such a candidate."
Ana Cristina Gonzalez
Community Leader and Activist
"I don’t consider myself a socialist...but I support Kshama Sawant because she has proven to drive people-centered policies consistently at a time when so much of our politics and policies support the wealthy, powerful and privileged. We need Kshama on the Seattle City Council to continue to hold a vision for and a commitment to an empowered citizenry and a local economy that takes care of ALL OF US, regardless of wealth or class.”
Hassan Diis
37th District Precinct Committee Officer, East African Liason*
“Kshama is the only councilmember who supports working people, not corporations. I'm deeply grateful for her work in the community.”
Sharon Blyth-Moss
Co-owner of Squirrel Chops, a small business in District 3
“Councilmember Sawant has been one of the most consistent allies the LBGTQ community has had in seattle. The media and status quo politicians like to accuse Sawant of being aggressive and I say we need a fighter for the working class LGBTQ, the communities of color, the marginalized people in this city. They also like to assert that Sawant is divisive and I say good, all the gains made for working people have been won through struggle. We don’t need another corporate backed politician who is passive and go along to get along, which only benefits the super wealthy and big corporations. One of the many reasons I support Kshama for re-election is precisely because she is fierce and unapologetically on the side of small businesses, LGBTQ, people of color, immigrant communities and all those without any other representation in city hall. We need her to stay! Vote Sawant!”
Lata Ahmed
Community Activist
"Kshama is fighting for renters rights, including rent control, and she also stands with rideshare drivers like me Who are fighting for good pay and rights. That’s why we need to re-elect Kshama!"
Michael Russo
747 captain at Atlas Air and chair of Teamsters Local 2750 Strike Preparation Committee*
“"Kshama has joined us on picket lines outside Amazon’s shareholders meeting, and we know we can count on her, as a champion of Teamster pilots and all union members, to fight for us."
Shaun Bickley
Activist in the disabled community
"No one looks out for the disabled communities of Seattle like Kshama. Whether it's fighting against sweeps, regressive taxes, subminimum wage, a dangerous police contract, underfunded services, or just the richest man in history, Kshama is right there in the frontlines. We must show up for her so she can show up for us."
Jonathan Rosenblum
Author of Beyond $15 - Immigrant workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of The Labor Movement, member UAW 1981
“Union sister Kshama Sawant stands with workers and is fighting for affordable housing and the City We Need!”
Natalie Curtis
Head of Capitol Hill Community Council and City of Seattle Community Involvement Commissioner*

It is with enthusiasm that I endorse an amazing grassroots community-driven leader and my dear friend Councilmember Kshama Sawant for re-election to the City Council District 3. Her leadership has made Seattle get out of its “bubble” and make changes that have impacted our city for a sustainable future.

Kshama Sawant has always been engaged with the community, driving changes long before she ran for office. Which I believe is very valuable to the communities she serves, empowering everyone to take a stand for themselves and what their communities need. She truly grasps the institutional systemic mechanisms that organize the distribution of power and resources differentially across lines of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other dimensions of individual and group identity. Knowing there is an unequal allocation of power and resources — which manifest in unequal social, economic, and environmental conditions, which create larger social determinants.

I have been fortunate to have her advocate for me and support me taking on community positions (I know I would not have access to) where I could thrive. Even with me being the only African American woman at the table I knew my voice mattered. She is truly an inspiration on what you can do when you do not settle for the status quo and challenge social inequities that are surrounded in policies. That simply cannot happen if the narrative is focused entirely on picking an antagonist and convincing the world that she is the source of their problems rather than focusing on what is best for our current and future communities.

I have observed and worked closely with Kshama on various initiatives that only contribute to the development of a vision that will benefit the city. She has collaborated when possible, and, importantly, she has refused to roll over when doing so would be detrimental to those who are really in need.

For ALL these reasons (and so many more), I believe Kshama Sawant is the best candidate for City Council District 3.

Shua Sanchez
Member of UAW Local 4121 at the University of Washington, local musician and a key organizer in the struggle to save the Showbox Theatre
“A developer tried to sell off this cultural hub in Seattle. One hundred thousand people signed a petition at Then who did they call? Kshama! Because we organized and built a movement, we went from one vote on City Council to a unanimous decision to Save the Showbox.”
Dr. Kathleen Myers
Clinical Program Director, Seattle Children's Hospital*
“On all the issues, like Bernie, Kshama is the people's candidate. She brings forward what matters most to people of average and modest and no means, and to anyone unbeguiled by the corporate perspective.”
Debbie Carlsen
Executive Director of LGBTQ Allyship
“Kshama is a voice on the council that supports workers rights, tenant organizing, LGBTQ rights and supports the leadership of community based organizations to be apart of the solutions of the communities they serve. This is why I support Kshama.”
Emily Cunningham
Amazon tech worker, climate activist
"I'm voting for Kshama and telling everyone in our district to vote for her too. I'm proud to have a a City Council member representing me who fights alongside movements of working people for climate and housing justice. Who stands up to Big Business and Amazon – a company that contributed over $1.4 million to try and buy seats in this election. Who demands the wealthy pay their fare share of taxes. Our city, our world needs leaders who will fight against racism and inequality. We are in a climate emergency – we need someone in City Hall who not only says they support a Green New Deal, but who is willing to fight for it."
Ravi Sanga
Former Boeing manufacturing engineer, UW graduate in toxicology, and longtime Seattle resident who believes in social justice
"Kshama puts the needs of the working people in Seattle first! She continues to find ways to prevent us all from racing to the bottom by fighting for Seattle renters, and working to establish the $15/hour minimum wage! Kshama is fighting to urgently address homelessness in our city."
Lauren Stark
ELL and Humanities Teacher, Cleveland High School
“Across the country, educators are learning that we can build our power by fighting for the schools - and communities - our students deserve. This is something that Seattle educators have been doing for over a decade, from fighting school closures to boycotting the MAP test to protecting recess to building a nationwide Black Lives Matter at School week of action. And every step of the way, we have found solidarity and inspiration in Kshama Sawant. Councilmember Sawant has joined our picket lines, spoken at our rallies, and written statements supporting our social justice initiatives. She has also brought the concerns of educators, students, and community members into City Hall, leading the fights for a living wage, rent control, and progressive taxation to fund transit and education. Through these campaigns and more, Sawant is fighting to make Seattle an affordable place to learn, live, and teach, and I hope you will join me in supporting her reelection campaign so that she can keep fighting alongside us as a council member.”
Eric Blanc
Author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics
"In the struggle between the haves and the have nots, Kshama Sawant has always been a tireless fighter for the working class. The re-election of Kshama would be a victory for working people in Seattle and all across the country."
Chris Armitage
Air Force Veteran, LGBTQ community member, and Climate Activist endorsed by the WA State Progressive Caucus. Currently running as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives from WA CD-5
"Kshama is a true leader, someone who is unafraid to stand up against massive multi-billion dollar corporations. Kshama has shown through her actions and character that she will never back down when it comes to standing side by side with communities of color, the LGBTQA+ communities, and the Working Class."
Adrian Ryan
Author, Writer, SAEOP Member
"I proudly and unapologetically support Kshama Sawant. She is a true champion of Seattle’s people, and is our best hope against the unchecked slash-and-burn capitalism that plagues our communities and seeks to buy our government. Vote Sawant!"
Richard Burton
Political Organizer, American Federation of Teachers*
“Kshama’s principled and consistent commitment to building & supporting the Labor Movement (comprising both organized and not-yet organized workers) is unimpugnable. At a time when power and wealth are increasingly concentrated in the hands and interests of the Uber-elites, she is a rare political figure for whom Labor’s age-old Question: “Which Side Are You On?” is refreshingly clear and unambiguous.”
Paul Bigman
Former Organizer, American Federation of Musicians Local 76-493*
“Kshama Sawant represents the interests of working people - not as an ally, but as one of us, a union activist. That means voting for union issues and joining on our picket lines, but also standing up for workers on key issues like housing and taxes. We need Kshama on the City Council because even if you sometimes disagree with her, we know that she always fights for us, and never sells out.”
Sam Stein
Author of Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State and New York City, housing activist
“Seattle is facing a severe housing crisis, with gentrification threatening to displace the city’s working-class base. Kshama Sawant is pushing for the kinds of bold policies cities need to take on the power of real estate capital: stabilizing costs with rent control; building and maintaining public and social housing; and taxing speculators. I endorse her campaign for reelection because her platform represents a strong alternative to the limited, piecemeal and often counter-productive approach common in contemporary US urban politics.”
David Westberg
Business Manager, IUOE 609, retired
“No other policymaker has the independence to truly support workers in Seattle.”
Steve Early
Former International Representative, Communications Workers of America, and author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City.
"Kshama Sawant’s re-election to the Seattle City Council is important not only for union members locally but trade unionists everywhere. The U.S. labor movement is continually disappointed when it supports corporate Democrats who end up voting against the interests of workers and tenants. In Seattle, we have an inspiring example of a socialist city councilor who’s never in doubt about which side she is on. Union members need many more political allies like Sawant who will use their elected office to confront corporate power, seek fair taxation of the wealthy, and build grassroots movements for social and economic justice.”
Joey Wieser
43rd LD Democrats*
“I’m supporting Kshama because the LGBT community deserves a candidate with a queer politic, not just a queer identity. She votes on the right side of the issues that matter most to me as an openly gay, working class renter. Every. Single. Time.”
Catherine Mayhew
Seattle Education Association
“I support Kshama Sawant because she unabashedly fights to fully fund public education. She actively fights against privatization of school systems, yet is still able to advocate for all workers, including non unionized teachers in charter schools. She also understands that teachers need to live in the communities they work in, but that sky rocketing rents force educators to make one or two hour commutes twice a day! She fights for the needs of teachers AND students.”
Devin Silvernail
Founder and Executive Director of Be:Seattle, member of Seattle Renters Commission*
“I'm for Kshama because the issues she fights for come from the community, not from lobbyists or consultants. Kshama has turned tenants' ideas into legislation like Economic Eviction Protection and 180 days' rent increase notice. Likewise, she has turned tenants' ideas into essential protections like the Carl Haglund Law and a cap on move-in fees. Kshama is currently the only Councilmember actively working on universal rent control, which would finally give all tenants predictable and equitable rents. She has also fought alongside neighbors from High Point, the Chateau Apartments, the Kenton Apartments, the Halcyon Mobile Home Park, and many others to ensure that they stay housed. I'm for Kshama because she prioritizes the people that need the most help in our city and elevates the voices of constituents to win things that help all of us.”
Mohamud Yussuf
Editor, Runta News
"I have known Kshama Sawant for many years and have always been impressed by strong personality. We cannot afford to have a Seattle City Council without Kshama present in its chamber. She is sincere passionate advocate for many social problems our city has lately been facing including the gentrification of our community who are rapidly disappearing in South Seattle, an area they once felt home. Kshama has always been there for us when others where shy to come around and that is why on behalf of my East African and Muslim Communities I endorse her."
Jenny Craig
West Virginia Teacher and Strike Leader, President of the Ohio County Education Association, and Steering Committee member of the West Virginia United Caucus*
“Public education is at the very heart and foundation of democracy. Access to free and appropriate public education should be considered a fundamental human right, no different than affordable health care, housing, or food. After West Virginia’s two monumental educator strikes and the Red for Ed movement that continues to sweep across this nation, educators, workers, and communities are realizing that true change and power comes from bold, fearless, collective action. This is why Kshama Sawant and others like her give me hope. She has inspired not just Seattle, but the nation to boldly fight for the future that all Americans deserve. I proudly endorse Kshama Sawant because she is a true inspiration for the working class and a bold advocate for social justice, labor, and public education.”
Jennifer L. Rice
Professor of Urban Geography, University of Georgia*
“Kshama is a tireless advocate for urban justice in Seattle. Her fight for rent control, renters rights, taxes on the rich, living wages, and a Green New Deal will help real people living in Seattle. She won’t be bought by big business and won’t let Amazon run this city. Kshama’s work as a Councilmember is an example for local elected officials across the US. Re-elect Kshama Sawant and keep City Hall’s most genuine and effective advocate for social justice!”
Natalya McConnell
Student Activist
"Kshama has fought for school bus drivers - on the picket lines, and in the community. She stood with me and other middle school students when we presented 1,000 student signatures to the Seattle School Board, calling on them to stop contracting bus service to a for-profit company that mistreats workers and provides lousy service to students. I know we can count on Kshama to fight for students and workers!"
Julianna Dauble
Renton Education Association*
“More than ever we need stalwart defenders of human rights. Kshama is the beacon of hope for those of us who ARE socialists and for those of us who WISH we were socialists. She gets shit done. She organizes, activates, resists oppression and does the work other leaders are afraid to do.”
Matt Carter
Seattle Education Association*
“Kshama is such a fighter for the working class and working poor, which includes many of my students and families. There is no other candidate even close to her level. She has my full support.”
Bruce Jackson
Seattle Education Association Representative, Aki Kurose Middle School*
“Before Kshama's first term, when I was an Organizer for Standing Against Foreclosures and Evictions (SAFE), we asked Kshama to stand with us during a blockade to prevent an foreclosure. She was willing to risk arrest to prevent the injustice of the banks from going unchecked. She has had my respect and support ever since, and she has never disappointed me or brought shame to my endorsement. As an educator fighting for Ethnic Studies and Racial Equity, I have been proud to have her support.”
Dan Gilman
Veterans for Peace*
"I know I can count on Kshama because she isn't in the pocket of corporations that profit off human suffering--she stands unambiguously for working people. We stood together in the Fight for 1000 Homes, and every dollar we won for housing was due to the movement building approach she takes. We need her voice in office, because it's our voice"
Sally Soriano
Former Seattle School Board Member, 32nd LD Democrats*
"Kshama’s campaign and service on the city council electrified a national movement for fair wages, housing and police accountability. Her platform provides a bullwark against escalating wealth inequality and anti-democratic manipulation of elections by the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Kshama exposed the annual corruption of council members, who met with CEO’s and CFO’s at a Cascade mountain resort. She was the only council member who did not collude with lobbyists and the mayor to rescind their vote on the head tax. Kshama’s leadership inspired San Francisco and Mt. View to pass much needed head taxes. Cities across the nation have followed Seattle to institute $15 minimum wages and even the largest corporations have been moved to raise their minimum wages to $15 an hour. There is much more to do and we won't let the the wealthiest few silence our best voice for our city and its people.”
Alec Connon
Organizer with 350 Seattle*
"Councilmember Sawant has been a continual advocate for Seattle to do more in the struggle against global warming; whether it was sponsoring the ordinance to sever ties with Wells Fargo because of its funding of the Dakota Access pipeline, the resolution to oppose the Tacoma LNG facility or standing with us against Shell's Polar Pioneer, Council Member Sawant has done more than almost any other Council Member to further the cause of climate justice in our city.”
Sean Butterfield
SEIU 775 caregiver and phlebotomist at Bloodworks NW*
“We must demand leaders whose allegiance is to us and not to big business, leaders who reject its influence outright and organize democratically and transparently. Kshama Sawant is such a leader, and I am fiercely proud to follow, collaborate with, and support her... Kshama possesses an unusual moral clarity and focus. Her promise to the working class of Seattle is one of holistic progress through a series of concrete victories, and in her two terms so far in council, she has achieved remarkable success despite the efforts of corporate developers and Amazon. They want our seat, and they’re going to take it if we don’t fight back. I intend to do just that.”
Robert Elkins
SEIU 775 Caregiver, Service Worker*
"I’ve been a caregiver for a friend for about 3 years. I lived in District 3 for about 2 years. I am also a budtender as well at a local retail chain in District 3. I support Kshama Sawant for Seattle city council. She has time and time again stood with the working class. It's not a surprise though, since she is a rank and file member and knows what it takes to help our working class brothers and sisters. She has a long list of legislation that proves that. I stand beside her in this fight against those who would be in opposition of a union fight.”
Sarah Champernowne
Tech Worker
"I support Kshama Sawant because she doesn’t just fight for the community, she helps the community fight for ourselves. The way she has used her city council seat to completely change politics in the city, and her method of movement building is something we need to see more of in city hall, in congress, and in the workplace."
Chad Cashman-Crane
President & Founder, Renton LGBTQIA+ Community
"I endorse Kshama Sawant because she has been an outstanding leader and champion for the rights of LGBTQIA+ communities. She has continuously demonstrated a commitment not only to equality, but also justice. Without question she has used her seat to be a platform for marginalized voices whether they are transgender, undocumented, or homeless. We need more leaders like Kshama who are willing to stand up for the voiceless and change the way our city works."
Justin Bare
Software Engineer
"I support Kshama because she exposes the lies of corporate bosses and their politicians. She shows how regular people can work together to gain control over our lives by getting organized and fighting for the things we need--instead of hoping to strike a deal with corporations. She's done this with $15, with rent control, and through her support for many union struggles in Seattle"
Xoe Amer
Barista and Cobbler
"Kshama Sawant has a fierce loyalty and accountability to the working class in Capitol Hill and the Central District, historically black and gay communities who are again being displaced by gentrification. Issues of affordable housing, workplace safety, and health care are so important to us lgbtq+ folks and we need someone to represent us, not Amazon."
Adam Kapilow
UAW 4121
"I support Kshama Sawant because she understands how progress is made. She understands the fight isn't about her, or any individual, but about organizing collectively and building movements that enact real change. She's demonstrated her commitment to this idea time and time again, by supporting union strike efforts, winning the fight for $15, and now campaigning for rent control. Kshama is an empowering and insightful leader who working class people can rally around."
Kyra Meko
Human Services Worker
"I support Kshama because she doesn’t just believe that a better world is possible, she FIGHTS for it tooth and nail. I had all but given up on voting in a country where politicians accept millions from corporations and don’t listen to the working people actually making society run. Kshama doesn’t even accept the full salary for a city council member let alone corporate cash, and I’m gonna proudly vote for this working class fighter in November!"
Colin Moen
IBEW 46*
"Kshama Sawant is the most reliable fighter that working people have in city hall. She has never wavered in the fight to build the labor movement, even when big business tries to divide us. With corporations like Amazon trying to buy this year's city council elections, workers need to fight to defend the only seat on city council that stands by our interests every single time."
Jacob Smith
Warehouse Worker
"I support Kshama because she stands unambiguously with working class people. She doesn’t pander to bosses, landlords, or the corporate elite. She’s a wrench in the gears of the business-backed, Democratic establishment and I love it.”
Matthew Maley
Paraeducator, SEA
"One thing makes Kshama a different kind of politician is that she never says 'my council office', she always says 'our council office' because she knows that our strength is in the movements of working and oppressed people fighting for what we need, not in any one person or elected office. When the Nova Project HS in the Central District was facing cuts to our small program last year, it was staff members from Kshama's council office that showed up and helped students organize, opening City Hall's doors as they were learning a real-time civics lesson. Later that year during the People's Budget Movement, we won $100,000 in capital funding for Nova's planned LGBTQ+ Teen Health Center, which in turn helped us bring back one of the displaced teachers we had lost during the round of cuts. I support Kshama because she has always supported us!"
Logan Swan
Ironworkers 46*
"I support Kshama because workers need representation that actively brings us and our needs into City Hall without watering them down to appease the owners who pay us too little and charge us too much. We need housing, transit, and union jobs and her voice has been the most unwavering in calling for those demands."
Tom Barnard
Former Uber/Lyft Driver
"As an activist with years of experience in Seattle, I've seen Kshama Sawant act as a catalyst for change in a way that no other Councilmember has even come close to. Her record of leading and supporting workers' and others' struggles is unmatched; we need to keep her on the Council, fighting for and with all of us. Vote Sawant!"
Matt Smith
Amazon Cargo Handler
"As an Amazon worker, I have a message for Jeff Bezos: You will not buy our City Council, and you will not sabotage our efforts to make Seattle a city that works for working people. We urgently need to re-elect our most consistent voice for workers in City Hall, Kshama Sawant!"
KL Shannon
Community leader and activist
Claude Burfect
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 37th LD Democrats*
Rev. John Helmiere
Reverend at Valley and Mountain Fellowship
Rabbi David Basior
Kadima Reconstructionist Community
Robby Stern
OPEIU Local 8, retired
Mama Fadumo
Seattle Housing Authority tenant and Somali community member
Bob Barnes
AFML 76-493*
Dr. David McClanahan
Co-founder & Coordinator of WA Chapter of Physicians for a Nat'l Healthcare Program*
Ben Lindsey
Ballard for Bernie, 36th LD Democrats*
Erica Sklar
43rd LD Democrats*
Joey Wieser
43rd LD Democrats*
Brad Bell
43rd LD Democrats*
Dave Schuldt
43rd LD Democrats*
Rod Palmquist
43rd LD Democrats*
Imogene Williams
43rd LD Democrats*
Daniel Graham
43rd LD Democrats*
Abby Lawlor
43rd LD Democrats*
Cassandra Piontek Armstrong
KCYD Legislative Co-Director, 43rd LD Dems PCO*
Alex White
UAW 4121
Jon Witt
UAW 4121
Brian Gerue
UAW 4121
Dan Hart
UAW 4121
Calvin Snyder
UAW 4121
Oliver Watt-Meyer
UAW 4121
Monica Cortes Viharo
UAW 4121
Sam Sumpter
UAW 4121
Paige Sechrest
UAW 4121
Barbara Phinney
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)*
Annelie Day
Jose Castro
Gayle McLaughlin
Former two-term mayor of Richmond, CA
Maria Guitierrez
Manuel Carrillo
Daniel Peltier
WFSE 1488
Michael Crain
WFSE 1488
Salvador Castillo
WFSE 1488
Kevin Allen
WFSE 843*
Darrin Hoop
Seattle Education Association (SEA)*
Matt Carter
Roberta Lindeman
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Justin Vinson
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Jeff Treistman
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Amy Hepburn
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Chandra Moon
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Peter Henry
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Clarissa Jarem
former 43rd LD Democrat PCO*
Jim Fox
37th LD Democrat*
Aidan Carroll
43rd LD Democrat*
Jorge Bustamente
43rd LD Democrat*
Heidi Jindrich
34th LD Democrat*
Jonathan Mannella
43rd LD Democrat*
Jeff Kerscher
43rd LD Democrat*
John Bito
43rd LD Democrat*
Patty Bicknell
43rd LD Democrat*
Diane Rose Vincent
34th LD Democrat*
David West
37th LD Democrat*
Justin Roll
37th LD Democrat*
Charles Davis
37th LD Democrat*
Jeanne Legault
37th LD Democrat*
Phillip Locker
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Robert Lambertz
Educator, Renton Education Association member"*
Benjamin Gallup
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
David Dreeben
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Ramy Khalil
Educator, Seattle Education Association member"*
Samuel Wietlispach
SEIU 1199NW*
Kathy Heffernan
SEIU 1199NW*
Ryan Talen
SEIU 1199NW*
Jessica J. D'Amour
SEIU 775*
Tim Guy
SEIU 925*
Victor Crews
SEIU 925*
Abraham Hagopian
SEIU 925, Faculty Forward*
Michael Prault
Mark Rafferty
UAW 4121
Joseph Bear
UAW 4121
Amzi Jeffs
UAW 4121
Jeb Wyman
Malcolm Olson
IBEW 46*
Patricia Coley
IBEW 46*
Sean Cavanaugh
IBEW 46*
Roy Zuniga
IBEW 77*
Jeff Engels
Brett McFarlane
IFPTE 2001 (former NW Vice President)*
Molly Whittaker
LiUna Local 242
Devin Davies
Millwrights Local 96*
Anne-Marie Cavanaugh
OPEIU Local 8
Ben Peterson
OPEIU Local 8
Janice Van Cleve
37th LD Democrats*
Joanna Cullen
37th LD Democrats*
Katherine Yasi
37th LD Democrats*
Abby Lawlor
37th LD Democrats*
David Loud
37th LD Democrats*
Gabe Meyer
37th LD Democrats*
Nancy Raiken
37th LD Democrats*
Mona Lee
37th LD Democrats*
Ellie Menzies
37th LD Democrats*
Harvey Sadis
37th LD Democrats*
Harriett Cody
37th LD Democrats*
David Rader
37th LD Democrats*
Emma Chase
37th LD Democrats*
Sharon Crowley
UAW 4121
Leah Perlmutter
UAW 4121

*Personal Capacity Only