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Senate Majority Leader has a challenger: the night janitor at Dick’s Hamburgers…

John Patrick Moyna, 52, has just filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission to run as an independent for the 3rd District seat long held by state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.

Moyna is a night janitor for Dicks Hamburger’s, a Spokane icon. (For whatever it’s worth, Moyna is a vegan.)

He has an extensive personal/campaign web page, on which he describes himself as:

“the Independent minded populist candidate for principled politics who is too conservative for democrats, too liberal for republicans, too radical for libertarians, too constitutional for greens, and too controversial for patriots.”

A South Carolina native who grew up as an on-the-move military brat, landed in Spokane for a few years as an adult, and subsequently spent nearly a decade on the road as a “homeless tramp,” he offers the hard-to-argue-with observation that:

A community that does not recall what it was yesterday, and does not understand what it should be today, will fail in its efforts to reach its goals in the future.


Inovation is gained by the renovation of conservation.

He is the only candidate to have filed against Brown.

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