Guess who made the front page of the Seattle Times?

Did you see the The Seattle Times yesterday? Our challenge to Speaker Chopp, the head of the political elite in the Statehouse, is featured on the front page!
Our message of independent working-class politics, rent control, and ending corporate welfare is gaining momentum as the primary election nears, while the political establishment is increasingly nervous. 

As the Times writes “If Conlin’s defeat was a wake-up call, a Chopp loss would be a cataclysm for Seattle Democrats.” They also point out that Socialist Alternative is “the 43rd District's other major political party," citing how we "rattled the establishment with the election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council."
Now is the time to rattle the establishment even further. Taking his seat in the State House would be a political earthquake, expanding the parameters of the debate on the priorities of the legislature much like Kshama’s victory did for Seattle.

But we can't kick out this out-of-touch corporate politician without you.
Frank Chopp has raised over $100,000 from big corporations and CEOs.  Taking no corporate money our campaign has raised nearly $15,000.  Ballots are mailed Friday. To get our message out to the tens of thousands of primary voters we need to send out a mailer this week.

That is where you come in. We need to raise another $15,000 in the next week to go ahead with the mailer. 

Will you stand with me and donate today? 

Now is the time to dig deep and show the corporate establishment what we're made of.

With strong community support and contributions we can garner a good showing in the primary and send a clear message to the establishment. Whether or not you live in the 43rd District you can get involved by donating and volunteering. If you do live in the district, vote for Jess Spear as soon as you get your ballot and show your support with a yard sign. Get involved today and help us chop Chopp!

Join us this SUNDAY to rally for the campaign at Broadway and E. Pine.  RSVP and invite your friends here. 
Together we made history last year electing the first socialist to Seattle City Council in 100 years.  Let's repeat that and send the first socialist to Olympia since 1913!  

Other recent media coverage of the campaign include my radio interviews on KEXP Mind Over Mattersand on Black Agenda Report.   


Jess Spear
Socialist Alternative Candidate for LD 43, Pos 2

The Stranger's Strange Endorsement of Frank Chopp

A Statement from Socialist Alternative
By Philip Locker


The Stranger, Seattle's main alternative newspaper, endorsed Democratic State House Speaker Frank Chopp instead of Socialist Alternative challenger Jess Spear. This represents a 180 degree turn from its previous scathing opposition to Frank Chopp and support for the Socialist Alternative challenger to him in the last election.

This is despite the fact that Spear’s policies, such as refusing to take corporate donations, opposing corporate welfare, taxing the rich, and rent control are far more in-sync with the people of Seattle, especially the 43rd district she is running in. Just this week The Stranger's own readership voted for Spear over Chopp by a 2/3rds majority in an online poll. On the other side, Chopp is fueled by a seemingly endless supply of cash from companies like Boeing, BP, Bank of America, McDonalds, Walmart, Vulcan, Comcast, the Washington Restaurant Association, and Alaska Airlines to name a few.

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Seattle Times & Mind over Matter coverage

Seattle Times 

"But this year the 43rd District’s other major political party is trying to give Chopp a reason to sweat. It’s not the Republicans — who fielded no candidates in the 43rd — but Socialist Alternative, the leftist party that rattled the establishment with the election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council last year. Jess Spear, a Sawant ally who campaigned for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage as organizing director of 15 Now, is seeking to topple Chopp."

Read the full article here


Mind over Matters on KEXP

Jess conducted a wide-ranging interview on the Mind over Matters show – listen here


Anti-foreclosure rally

“These unelected bankers are trying to legalize the theft of our homes, and the destruction of our communities… [Frank Chopp] takes money from Wells Fargo. He takes money from the Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase.”

Seattle Weekly: In Light of Rising Rents, Jess Spear Explains Her Vision of Rent Control in WA

Image by Kelton Sears of the Seattle WeeklyEarlier this morning reports came out that Seattle's rent has risen $94 in only half a year. That means an average apartment in town now costs $1284 a month ($1628 if you live in Ballard).

Jess Spear, the Socialist Alternative climate scientist running for the 43rd District seat of the State House, has made lifting the statewide ban on rent control one of the top issues in her campaign, on top of her push to make comprehensive green energy infrastructure in Washington a reality.

In light of today's news on this quarter's 4.1 percent rent increase in Seattle, we reached out to Jess Spear and asked her to explain her vision of rent control in the state of Washington:

Read the entire article here.

Kick-Off Party A Success!

Seattle’s Second Socialist

Kicks Off Her Campaign to Take Out the Speaker of the House!


“Frank Chopp does not represent the progressive 43rd District. While criminally underfunding education and social services, he presides over a State legislature which hands out $6 billion in corporate welfare every year. It’s time we elect a genuine representative of working people to fight for our interests.” -Jess Spear

On Saturday, the campaign to elect Seattle’s second socialist representative, Jess Spear, officially began. A smashing success, the Vermillion was packed with loud enthusiastic supporters. Party goers donated nearly $6,000 to the campaign - no corporate donations here - largely in $25 and $50 donations.

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Jess Spear Marches for Chelsea Manning at Seattle Gay Pride 2014

Jess Speaks At Rally to Save Public Education

Jess Speaks Up for Airport Workers at Port of Seattle Meeting

we_demand_15_airport.jpgThe workers at Seatac airport, supported by unions and their community, were the first to organize and win a $15 minimum wage. But, Alaska Airlines and other big businesses filed a lawsuit to block the workers from getting $15, saying the Port of Seattle had sole jurisdiction over the airport!  The workers are not backing down, they are demanding the Port of Seattle follow through with what voters passed in November.  

Sign here to show your support for the workers!

Screen_shot_2014-06-24_at_8.45.36_PM.pngJess joined Working Washington, Seatac Airport workers, 15 Now activists, and other community supporters at the Port of Seattle Commissioner's meeting today to demand they stop subverting the democratic process and mandate companies at the airport pay their workers a minimum of $15.  Her speech to the Port Commissioners is below:  


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SATURDAY, June 28th - Vote Spear Kick-off Party!


Join us as we launch this grassroots campaign to elect Socialist Alternative candidate Jess Spear! Let's end the corporate domination of WA State!

Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar

1508 11th Avenue, Seattle WA 

5-8 p.m.

All ages, light food and drink provided

Jess discusses climate change, socialism, and building a political party for workers on RT News

Jess was interviewed on RT, the international news channel. She spoke out about climate change, socialism and the need to build a third political party to represent ordinary people. Check out the full interview here, or below. Like what you hear? Pledge your supportvolunteer and donate today!