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Originally published Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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Mayor-comedian vows to keep ’em laughing

Tenino Mayor Eric Strawn won’t stop doing comedy, despite complaints from the City Council.

The Chronicle, Centralia

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Eric Strawn won’t back down. On Friday, the mayor of Tenino, Thurston County, reprised his appearance on the “BJ Shea Morning Show,” and this time pledged to take his side project to the next level.

Following an invitation from the show’s disc jockeys, Strawn will open for comedian Doug Benson at KISW’s Comedy Riot April 14.

The offer comes on the heels of Strawn’s March 8 call-in to the radio show, during which he performed parts of his new stand-up comedy routine, and a playing of that performance Tuesday to a Tenino City Council that was not amused.

At that meeting, Strawn was unrepentant and maintained that his personal and professional lives should stay separate. What he does as Eric Strawn has no relation to what he does as mayor of Tenino, Strawn argued.

Strawn said he will stay in his job, fight for his city and maybe make a few people laugh along the way.

His hope, he added, is that the four City Council positions up for election in November will be filled with some “good people.”

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