MARION COUNTY — Attorneys for Centralia Mayor-elect Bryan Kuder have filed a motion in Marion County Court Wednesday seeking summary judgment in their client’s favor – a ruling that would place Kuder in the Mayor’s seat more than 15 months after he was elected to the office.
Kuder won the election in April 2019 but then-City Manager Dan Ramey brought information to the City Council claiming Kuder was ineligible to serve as he did not live within the city limits.
Despite Kuder providing proof of living in an apartment within the city limits, the city council voted to vacate Kuder’s election and then appointed Herb Williams to serve as mayor.
Kuder subsequently filed a suit in Marion County Court seeking a judgment declaring him the duly elected and qualified Mayor of Centralia.
He then filed an amended complaint on August 15, 2019, and then in February 2020, the court denied a defense motion by City attorneys to dismiss Kuder’s complaint.