SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a recall petition seeking to remove Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant from office can proceed.
Judge Jim Rogers found four of the six charges leveled against Sawant to be both specific enough and sufficient to permit the process to continue, The Seattle Times reported. It’s the second politically charged recall effort against a Seattle elected official amid mass protests against police violence and systemic racism.
“The petitioner has shown actual knowledge of facts indicating that the Councilmember intended to commit an unlawful act,” Rogers wrote in his order.
A group of Seattle residents is pushing for the Sawant recall, alleging violations including when she allowed demonstrators into City Hall during a nighttime protest in June and spoke at a protest in front of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house. They also say she encouraged protesters to occupy Seattle Police’s East Precinct, “helped create the Capitol Hill Occupation Protest Zone,” used