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Tenino: T-shirt pokes fun at mayor, a medical pot user, while helping quarry pool

ckrotzer@theolympian.comOctober 5, 2012 

A T-shirt with the face of Tenino Mayor Eric Strawn between two marijuana leaves is being sold at the Healing Center in Olympia to raise funds for the Tenino quarry pool.

The shirts are not endorsed by the city of Tenino, Strawn said.

The shirts were made by artist Jaime Hadley of Jaime Lyn Creations in Tenino and are being sold online for $20.

The shirts feature a black-and-white photo of Strawn with the words “Mayorjuana” and “Tenino, Wa.” on top of a Hawaiian flag.

According to the artist’s website, 25 percent of T-shirt proceeds go to the Tenino quarry pool.

Strawn said he was approached about the T-shirts in July.

“Anything anyone wants to do that is legal that would help benefit our city – if anyone wants to sell some pothead mayor T-shirts for $10 a piece, that’s their business,” Strawn said. “If that is one of the things that is said about me, I can get a chuckle out of that.”

Strawn is a medical marijuana card holder for a degenerative elbow injury and arthritis, and said he frequents the local medical marijuana collections facilities.

Only a few shirts have been sold for the months they have been available at the Healing center, according to owner Ciaran Wilburn.

“It was just a good cause, so I figured we would throw it up there,” Wilburn said. “We hope it does the quarry some good.”

Funding for the city quarry is “significantly in the red,” according to council member Dawna Kelley-Donohue.

She and the council were unaware of the T-shirts.

“It’s sort of typical,” Kelley-Donohue said. “It’s not uncommon to find out about things after the fact.”

The mayor has been in the spotlight recently for another reason. The City of Tenino is planning to investigate an alleged misconduct incident in Lacey involving Strawn in a city of Tenino vehicle.

The council is in the process of appointing a committee to investigate the alleged incident.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com theolympian/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer

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