Seattle's socialist rockstar Kshama Sawant has almost left the building. Here's how she changed Seattle politics. Seattle’s most famous and controversial elected official, Kshama Sawant, is headed for the exits in January after a decade on the City Council. In that time, she’s managed to win three elections and survive a bitter recall campaign. Sawant told KUOW the key to her success from the start was refusing to compromise and staying true to her socialist principles.