On November 5, Seattle held non-partisan elections for city council. All seats are at-large, and candidates file for particular numbered seats. In seat two, Kshama Sawant polled 49,363 votes in unofficial returns. Her only opponent, Democratic incumbent Richard Conlin, polled 55,543. These are not final returns, although it is not likely the final returns will produce a very different outcome. Sawant is a professor who represents Socialist Alternative. See this story about the race, which was written before many votes had been counted.