John Waite, who has run several campaigns for state Legislature and City Council as an independent, announced Friday that he will run for the House seat that will be vacated by Andy Billig.
And this time, he'll run as a Democrat.
Waite, 47, is fiscally conservative but socially liberal. He has been a outspoken critic of the two-party system.
He said Friday he's just being realistic by picking a party. He found that when he campaigned as an independent, Republicans assumed he was a Democrat and Democrats assumed he was a Republican.
"We live in a broken, two-party world," he said. "I still bring an apolitical view to this -- real world solutions, not party bickering."
Waite, who owns two downtown buildings and Merlyn's Comics and Games, said he identifies more with the Democratic Party, which he believes is more realistic about the problems faced by the community.