28 December 2013
By Kirk Johnson
New York Times
"When she takes a seat on Seattle’s nine-member City Council on Jan. 1,
representing the Socialist Alternative Party, she will become one of the
few elected socialists in the nation, a political brand most
politicians run from....
The spotlight on Ms. Sawant, as one of only a handful of self-avowed
socialists to be elected to a city council in a major American city in
decades, experts say, could be intense. Her party has supported Ralph
Nader for president, but its website also links to the writings of the
Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky. It put up municipal candidates in Boston
and Minneapolis this year, though none won. The Socialist Party USA, an
older group, regularly fields candidates in state and federal races...."