Why is there a campaign to Recall Kshama Sawant?
The Recall Sawant campaign was started after a series of violations in which a group of District 3 voters want to hold her accountable for. As a Seattle city council member it is her duty to uphold the laws of the city and to be a role model for its citizens. In addition to the charges made by the Recall Sawant campaign she has continued to make poor decisions since her reelection in 2019, including a lawsuit being filed by a man who was killed during the CHOP protests, defunding the Seattle Police Department, and trying to support a union that did not want her assistance.
Charges made by Recall Sawant Campaign
The Recall Sawant campaign has brought 3 main charges against her:
(1) Sawant misused Seattle City Council funds in her campaign to Tax Amazon.
(2) She attended a protest in front of mayor Jenny Durkan’s house, which is suppose to be confidential because of her work as a US attorney.
(3) She admitted protesters into city hall violating Covid 19 protocols.
Since the recall election was approved, Sawant has largely avoided the charges made against her and has tried to instead push a series of bills through city council to make it look like she has done something and is a valued member on the council. She changes the focus to the recall being right wing and voter suppression. However if she had not broken the law, the recall would not be happening at all.
Suit made by teens family
The family of a 19 year old who was shot during the CHOP occupation of Capitol Hill is suing both mayor Durkan and Kshama Sawant. After the violence occurred police were unwilling to enter the CHOP zone to assist him. At this time the police department on Capitol Hill had to shut down. Did anyone think that this type of protest would be peaceful? Should Seattle have a city council member who incites violence by its citizens?
Defunding the Police
Sawant has led a campaign to defund the Seattle Police. This is a poorly thought out decision as crime in Seattle is already increasing. There was a recent article in the Seattle Times indication the Starbucks in Ballard has closed due to an increase in crime in the area. I have read on social media posts from citizens in Seattle wanting to now purchase guns because they fear Seattle will become too dangerous. In wanting to please the Black Lives Matter campaign, she is making Seattle unsafe for everyone.
Support For the Carpenter’s Union
The carpenter’s union recently went on strike during contract negotiations. Sawant put herself in the middle trying to prove she is for the workers, but the carpenter’s union asked her to stay out of their conflict. The Carpenter’s Union has now been put in a trusteeship due to management voter fraud.
Last Ditch Efforts
Since the recall campaign began, Sawant has made a lot of last ditch efforts to prove she has done something and is an asset to the city. She has held her seat on the city council for the last 8 years and in that time was able to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour, and a few other minor things. But after the big win of $15 an hour, she has not done much except to focus on issues that do not pertain to Seattle or District 3.
The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is not a right wing conspiracy theory, but rather a group of citizens who want a council person who follows the law, leads as an example and focuses on issues pertaining to District 3 and the city. If you live in District 3 in Seattle be sure to fill out your voter pamphlet and turn it in by December 7th.