For John Waite, perennial political candidate, running for the 3rd district always hung, tenuously, on a lot of different factors.
“In my head, to me, there’s a million different pieces to the puzzle,” Waite says. “Early on when it was Jon (Snyder) and Marcus (Ricelli) and I, I thought the puzzle worked well.”
But then former Councilman Bob Apple came into a race, a candidate Waite had always worried would erode Waite’s support on the north side of Spokane. Last week, he’d alluded to being unsure about officially filing in the race. Now, he’s decided the numbers just don’t add up, had has pulled out of the race.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s annoying as hell,” Waite says. “I got a lot of people wound up to help me.”
Now, he’s endorsed Snyder.
“Jon has done some miraculous stuff on the national level,” Waite says. “He is incredibly smart, then addresses issues in an intellectual way.”
His full statement, from Facebook, follows.
As most of you know, I had hoped to run in the 3rd LD state race.
Today I have to pull my campaign and remove myself from the race. As much as I would love to continue my efforts at elections and campaign finance reform, government reform, and generally working on non-partisan fixes to the troubles that ail us, there are greater forces at work this elections season. With 5 other candidates of various stature, financial strength and name recognition, I have decided that this is not the year to fight the powers that be. I can assure you, that I will be back and run for office next year, and be ready to work hard to fix government from the inside and outside. And I can assure you that there are candidates that will fight to fix government in an honest, intelligent and responsible way in this race.
After much deliberation, I'm throwing my efforts and support behind Jon Snyder. I have known Jon for almost 30 years, and respect him thinking and character. I also think his small business, local government and quality of life agenda are great for Spokane. Please check out his campaign and consider his efforts. If you like what you see and hear, join me in supporting him.
I am running for Democrat PCO in district 3202 in downtown Spokane. I will get that information our soon, and hope for your support. Thanks to all of you for your support, and I look forward to working with you all in the future.
- John Waite.