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Kshama Sawant is economics professor at Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington. She is also a candidate, for the Socialist Alternative party, for the 43rd District of the Washington House of Representatives, representing Seattle. In that race she is challenging the junior incumbent legislator, Democrat Jamie Pedersen.
The alternative newspaper, The Seattle Stranger endorsed her state house candidacy. The city's local 587 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), union of the city's bus and transit workers, endorsed her.
Her campaign has opposed Seattle's SWAT team's early morning raid of anarchist Occupy Wall Street activists' homes. She has also advocated on LGBT issues, women's issues, people of color issues and cuts to education and other social programs. She gave a teach-in course at an all-night course at Seattle Central Community College.
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