Barbara Lampert Shares Her Thoughts on the General Election | People
Some say Spokane is cursed. Voters have not re-elected a mayor since David Rodgers in 1973.
The Inlander pointed out the release date of Dark Side of the Moon was the same year. By running against Verner, candidates would opt in to continue the streak. Four lined up to race against Verner. Voters chose Condon to oppose her.
- Mary Verner: 59.27%
- David Condon: 33.56%
- Victor Noder: 3.55%
- Barbara Lampert: 2.51%
- Robert Kroboth: 1.11%
Some call Barbara Lampert, 65, a professional candidate. Voters see her name on the ballot every year. It’s an annual routine.
Lampert may not be participating in the general election, but she cast her ballot a week and a half ago. She’s keeping up with a state initiative that concerns her the most.
“I’m very worried about Initiative 1183. They hit it twice in a row. It might pass this time,” Lampert stated. She added: “When I lived in Louisville, Kentucky [1974-78] they had drive-through liquor windows. You could order a whiskey on the rocks and they’d hand it to you in a glass. They’d send you on your way drinking and a’drivin’.”
Lampert didn’t provide any election predictions. The local races fail to catch her interest. Lampert says she’s disappointed with the candidates.
“You’ll be choosing between mediocre and mediocre-er. We’ll have to live through the next four years like the previous four.”
While some local candidates celebrate with their campaigns and supporters, Lampert will spend election night at home with her mother.
The 65-year-old retired nurse has run for office every year since 1996 and has continued to do so because she promised she would.
“I don’t wish to be a woman who changes her mind,” Lampert said. She continued, “So far I’ve been able to keep that promise.”
Lampert says she’ll run for office until she either wins or until she turns 70. She has five years remaining in that promise.
General Election Coverage
This interview belongs to a set of four stories speaking with candidates from local races that didn’t make it pass the August primary. Read what Steve Corker, John Waite and Karen Kearney have to say.