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Yakima mayor heads to Kenya to campaign for friend

YAKIMA, Wash - Yakima Mayor Dave Edler is flexing his political muscle halfway around the world.  

Wednesday, the former Seattle Mariner is going to Kenya to help a friend campaign for a seat in the country's parliament.

Edler was busy this afternoon running some last minute errands. He bought some soccer balls and Yakima pins that he plans to give away.

About a year ago, Edler befriended a pastor from Northern Kenya. Together, they are planning a soccer tournament in conjunction with a big political rally.

Edler says he's started taking special medication to prevent malaria and typhoid.

The whole trip will be about three weeks long.

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