Newcomer Matthew Trent will challenge Mayor Tim Browning for a seat on the Centralia City Council in the upcoming general election, according to The Chronicle of Centralia.
Browning said he wants to scale back his responsibilities on the council after serving as the mayor for 10 years.
“I worked really closely with the old city manager,” and the new city manager, Patrick Sorensen, should be afforded the opportunity to start fresh and try to bring in his own ideas, Browning said.
“It’d be appropriate to do that,” he said. “Ten years has been long enough.”
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His opponent, Trent, became well-known for comments he made during U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s Centralia town hall meeting in September. Trent called Baird “an enemy of God and the Republic,” to which Baird took offense.
Trent, 27, stands by his comments, saying Baird’s response “was as expected.”
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