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Fifth Spokane mayor hopeful pledges not to debate opponents or talk to media

Spokane voters on Wednesday got a fifth choice in the race for Spokane mayor.

Robert Kroboth, 77, filed paperwork to place his name on the Aug. 16. He joins incumbent Mayor Mary Verner; David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Mike Noder, who co-owns a demolition busines; and Barbara Lampert, who runs for office every year.

Kroboth also ran for mayor in 2000 and 2007 but didn’t attract much support. He came in fourth in the four-way mayoral primary in 2000. He was fifth in the five-way primary in 2007, taking 1.4 percent of the vote.

In a brief call Wednesday afternoon, Kroboth indicated that his policy of not talking to the media hasn’t changed.

“I don’t want to talk to you,” he said, before hanging up.

(Kroboth had the same policy in 2007, but talked to a reporter when he appeared at a City Council meeting and mentioned that he had once been tried and acquitted related to a shooting in California.)

On his website, Kroboth says if elected, he would eliminate the city’s Waste-to-Energy Plant and would place garbage in landfills. He also stresses his opposition to fluoridating the water system and calls the Spokane Police Department a “NaziFascist police force.”

“I will not appear at any debates because they are simply not debates, but ignorant questions from ignorant people, most of whom are the stooges of candidates,” Kroboth’s website says. “If we had a League of Men Voters, they would call us ‘male chauvinist pigs.’”


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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