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In January we’ll be voting on A Socialist Program for Seattle’s 2021 Elections, which lays out what we’d like to see from DSA candidates who run for office or from those seeking an endorsement from DSA. This has important bearings on our work as can be seen by the DSA Alderman Andre Vasquez who recently voted for an austerity budget in Chicago. But also because there will be a mayoral and Seattle City Council elections this coming year. The electoral program shouldn’t be viewed as a set of requirements for running for office or seeking an endorsement but rather a bar to measure candidates by and for pointing toward our expectations and what is needed by working people and youth.
There has been some controversy over the final point on the platform:
13) Seattle is dominated by the Democratic Party, with no Republican threat. The Democratic controlled state government bans rent control and brutally underfunds housing, education, and transit. Seattle DSA believes left-wing candidates for Seattle offices should run independent of the Democratic Party (as Kshama Sawant, Nikkita Oliver, and Jon Grant have done in recent years). Independent left candidates should still fight for the endorsement of the Democratic Legislative District groups, or if their rules do not allow that, at least for them to make no endorsement.
What do you think? Bring your thoughts this Thursday!
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Meeting ID: 854 0702 5907
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