An effort to recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, has begun with a mailed signature campaign to qualify the recall measure on a future ballot. On April 1st, the Washington State Supreme Court denied Councilmember Sawant’s legal challenges to the recall, clearing the way for the campaign to move forward.
The campaign has 180 days to collect 10,739 valid signatures from District 3 voters to qualify for the ballot. If the signature drive succeeds, the recall vote would be a simple “yes” or “no” question on the ballot.
Combined, Sawant and the pro-recall campaign have raised nearly $1 million to wage the campaigns for and against her recall. Go here to keep track of the fundraising.
Sawant’s opponents fault her for, among other things, leading a protest march to the home of Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose address is protected under state confidentiality laws and for endangering public health and violating city COVID-19 protocols by admitting hundreds of people into City Hall for an occupation when the building was closed to the public.