Small town Washington mayor rides long-legged bird to charity success

“Allegations” of illicit narcotics abuse directed at the mayor of a small Pierce County town turned into a charity event with a wink and a grammar lesson earlier this month.

Orting Mayor Josh Penner learned several weeks ago that graffiti had been spray painted on a local house, reading “Mayor Penner is on heron.”

“A thought bubble appeared above my head. That because they misspelled [heroin] as ‘heron,’ like the bird, we could run with that. And so that’s what we did,” Mayor Penner told KTTH’s Jason Rantz Show.

That thought bubble culminated in a challenge, posted on social media, to create the best picture of the mayor riding

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