Mike Noder, who ran for mayor in 2007, has again entered the race to lead Spokane's city government.
Noder, 53, is the co-owner of MoMoke Demolition and Salvage. He filed to enter the mayoral race this afternoon. In 2007, one of his major campaign focuses was his criticism of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, which he believes wastes money and charges too much.
He said he's running again to reign in city government.
“The on-going cost of government is too high,” Noder said. “We're going to continue to drive businesses away.”
In 2007, Noder came in fourth out of five candidates in the primary and captured 3.4 percent of the vote.
The city currently employs about 2,100 people. Noder said he would work to reduce the workforce by 200 to 400 over four to eight years, and that if he could “start all over” he would create a city government with only 1,000 to 1,200 workers.
He said he isn't ready to say which parts of government he would cut, though privatization could be one way to reduce city employees.
“We need to start diving our costs in the other direction,” Noder said.
Noder said he will not be raising money for his campaign.