Calling one of the highest-elected socialists in the country, Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant, an “inspiration,” Jess Spear is seeking to unseat the Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives.
The election of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant in Seattle last November was a major inspiration and sign of encouragement to people all over the US who are fed up with the two-party system.
In only six months since her election and the launch of 15 Now, workers in Seattle have won $15/hour, the highest minimum wage in the country. Socialist Alternative has demonstrated, through the election of Kshama Sawant and the launch of 15 Now, that real gains can be won for working people through the combination of electing independent working class candidates and building a movement.
Imagine what a boost it will be for all those fighting the corporate agenda, if we can repeat this victory, and show it was not just a one-time event! This would put socialist ideas back on the agenda and open the way for a left, working-class-based force to be built all over the U.S.
And this is what will happen when Socialist Alternative candidate Jess Spear takes down the Democratic Party Speaker of the Washington State House, Frank Chopp. …
Jess is an experienced and proven organizer for workers, the environment, and women. She is a climate scientist and a member of Socialist Alternative. Last year, she organized 450 volunteers as the Volunteer Coordinator for the historic Kshama Sawant campaign for Seattle City Council. She currently is the Organizing Director of 15 Now, the grassroots organization that led the way in winning a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
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