Socialist climate scientist latest candidate to take on two party politics

Following last Novembers election of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, Jess Spear is the latest socialist seeking to shake up the political establishment. Spear, a climate scientist and organizer with the 15 Now minimum wage campaign, announced her candidacy for the Washington State House earlier this month. 

Why I’m running


I’m running for Washington State House in Seattle’s 43rd District to challenge the corporate domination of politics. For too long, working people, students, the elderly, and the disabled have been forced to pay ever increasing taxes to fund vital social services while mega-corporations, like Boeing, are handed record-breaking tax breaks.

The political system is broken. Big business and the super-rich are well represented by the Republican and Democratic parties while working people have no independent political representation in Olympia. While workers were reeling from the economic recession with layoffs, home foreclosures, and long-term unemployment, my opponent, 20-year incumbent and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, oversaw over $10 billion in cuts to social services and continued massive handouts to corporations.

We deserve better.

Like Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, I am a proud socialist and member of Socialist Alternative, an economic and social justice organization fighting for workers, LGBTQ people, and people of color. Like Sawant, I will not take a penny from big business but will instead rely on the financial support of working people and progressive activists.

As a climate scientist, I understand the crisis humanity faces in the coming decades with extreme weather, rising sea levels, and heat waves. Under Chopp’s leadership, our metro funding is constantly under threat, and oil and coal trains continue to roll through our state. Both political parties have dragged their feet for decades. We can’t wait another 10 or 20 years to phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy. This must be done now.

As the Organizing Director of 15 Now, I have helped lead the fight for a $15/hr minimum wage in both Seattle and in cities across America. Speaker Chopp was unable to even get a $12 minimum wage out of committee. I understand that working people need and deserve a representative that will fight for their interests.

With your help, we can send a powerful message to an out of touch political establishment by removing House Speaker Frank Chopp, a symbol of the broken political system in Olympia. Together we can make history by electing the first socialist to the State House in decades, but it is going to require you getting involved. To get the campaign started, we are aiming to raise $10,000 in the next week. Please donate and sign up to volunteer today!

In Solidarity,

Jess Spear

Socialist Alternative Candidate for WA State House, District 43, Seat 2

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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