Occupy Seattle member beats 16-year incumbent to City Council job

Seattle residents have elected apolitical newcomer and member of the populist Occupy Seattlemovement to their City Council, favoring a champion of a $15minimum wage and tax on millionaires over a 16-year councilveteran.

Challenger Kshama Sawant, a community college economicsprofessor, took 50.3 percent of the vote to incumbent RichardConlin's 49.4 percent.

Conlin, a bastion of Seattle's Democratic establishmentknown for pushing sustainability initiatives, conceded on Fridayto 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 upwith the corporate politicians who have presided over thewidening chasm between the super-rich and the rest of us,"Sawant said in a statement.