Seattle residents have elected a
political newcomer and member of the populist Occupy Seattle
movement to their City Council, favoring a champion of a $15
minimum wage and tax on millionaires over a 16-year council
Challenger Kshama Sawant, a community college economics
professor, took 50.3 percent of the vote to incumbent Richard
Conlin's 49.4 percent.
Conlin, a bastion of Seattle
's Democratic establishment
known for pushing sustainability initiatives, conceded on Friday
to Sawant, who trailed early on in the largely vote-by-mail Nov.
5 election. The results will be certified on Nov. 26.
"These exciting results show a majority of voters are fed up
with the corporate politicians who have presided over the
widening chasm between the super-rich and the rest of us,"
Sawant said in a statement.