John Waite, the owner of Merlyn's in downtown Spokane, is making a third run for Spokane City Council.
He announced his run today in a news release.
Waite ran unsuccessfully for council in 2007 and 2009 in the city's northwest district. This time, however, Waite will vie for a seat representing northeast Spokane.
Waite said in an interview that he moved downtown, which is included in the northeast district, about a year and a half ago. He lives in the former Main Street Antiques at 7 W. Main St., which he recently bought.
Besides operating his science fiction store, Waite hosts the radio show, “Make Government Work,” on KYRS.
He considers himself an independent and holds the unique distinction of being a speaker last year at both the Tea Party of Spokane's Tax Day rally and the Spokane edition of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity."
Waite said he considers his run a "test to see if an independent can acutally win."
The seat currently is held by Councilman Bob Apple, who can't run again because of term limits.
The only other announced candidate for the seat is Donna McKereghan.
(Above photo is Waite at a 2009 candidate's forum. Photo by Christopher Anderson.)