I will bet you that you have not heard about this by reading it in the corporate-controlled capitalist main-stream news media, but on Election Day of November of 2013 an open Socialist was elected to the city council of Seattle. Her name is Kshama Sawant.
Before I tell you about her, I am sure that you already know that on that same day the voters of the city of SeaTac, south of Seattle, passed an initiative referendum that sets the minimum wage in that city as $15.00 per hour. That is a REAL LIVING WAGE!
If you want to read more about Kshama Sawant, get yourself a printed copy of the March issue of The Progressive. It has an excellent article by John Nichols about the new Seattle progressive/liberal councilwoman. Or you can subscribe to that magazine for only $18.00 per year.
Here are some excerpts from the Nichols article:
In 1960, Milwaukee had a Socialist Party mayor, Frank Zeidler.
In the first year of Ronald Reagan, an independent socialist named Bernie Sanders was elected the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He was later elected a U.S. Representative and later on was also elected to represent the people of the state of Vermont in the U.S. Senate. He filibustered Barack Obama's extension of huge tax cuts to capitalist billionaires and millionaires.
[JG: There are some rumors that Mr. Sanders will run for the presidency in 2016, but some want him to do it as a Democratic Party member. That would be a huge mistake. Democrats and Republicans are prisoners to the greedy political/economic agenda of a failed American capitalism, which only benefits the very wealthy and the super-rich.]
Let us continue with what Ms. Sawant has to say:
“We Socialists fight differently. We recognize that the vast majority of working people are not going to be energized by a campaign that does not speak to them. The only kind of campaign and platform that will speak for them is one that is clearly advocating for their interests. And that is something that socialists bring to the table.”
Sawant has denounced “the gigantic casino of speculation created by the highway robbers of Wall Street.”
She also promised that “I will do my utmost to represent the disenfranchised and the excluded, the poor and the oppressed – by fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, affordable housing, and taxing the super-rich for a massive expansion of public transit and education. I wear the badge of a Socialist with honor.”
Sawant, in late January 2014 delivered a socialist response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
[JG: Last but not least, in the 1990's the voters of the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon, elected a member of CPUSA (Communist Party) to the City Council.]