Recall effort proceeds against socialist Seattle councilwoman who participated in riots

A recall effort against a Seattle city councilwoman accused of misconduct has enough signatures to move forward to an election.

The King County Elections agency said on Wednesday that the recall effort confirmed over 11,000 signatures, more than the 10,687 minimum needed to hold an election that could oust Kshama Sawant from her position on the Seattle City Council representing the city’s 3rd District.


Sawant is facing recall due to her alleged misconduct during the Seattle riots in 2020. The Washington Supreme Court ruled in April that the recall could proceed on the grounds that Sawant "failed to comply with public disclosure requirements" when she led hundreds of protesters into Seattle’s City Hall and to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s private home, but the court did throw out the charge that she threatened bodily harm to the mayor.

The election agency tentatively set the recall for Dec. 7, but it won’t confirm the date until it finishes certifying the signatures.

Sawant’s campaign castigated her opposition as right-wingers in the pocket of big business. Her campaign said that the opposition waited to submit the signatures so that the recall election could not be held on the same day as other city elections, which the campaign alleged is a voter suppression tactic.

“Last weekend, progressive Democrats turned up to unite against the right-wing Recall!” Sawant’s campaign said on Twitter. “Over 500 Republican donors and over 160 Trump donors have lined up to fund the Recall Campaign and their voter suppression tactics.”


Sawant, who has been in office since 2013, is the only elected member of the Socialist Alternative party.

Sawant did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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