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Horton backs Mentor for mayor

In a surprise move on Thursday, Bremerton Mayor Lynn Horton has endorsed Louis Mentor to succeed her as mayor. Horton had previously beaten then incumbent Mayor Mentor in a 1993 election.

“My first intention was not to support either candidate,” Horton said in a press release. Horton was beaten in the Sept. 18 primary by Mentor and former Bellevue Mayor Cary Bozeman.

But Horton said after meeting with the candidates and having citizens urge her to endorse a candidate, she threw her support behind Mentor for the Nov. 6 election.

“After much soul searching, I decided to endorse Louis Mentor and encourage my supporters to vote for him,” she said.

Horton said the city is “positioned” for positive but extremely complex development opportunities.

“It is imperative that there is someone at the helm who has experience, not as a figurehead mayor, but with (CEO) experience. Both candidates have track records, both having done some good things and some bad things. Based on my experience and information I have gathered, I have concluded that Louis Mentor’s knowledge, expertise, and grasp of the issues are far better than that of Cary Bozeman.”

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