Clarkston City Council candidate Richard Hayward

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Richard Hayward is a retired Fort Lauderdale, Florida police officer, with a past that he said is not what he is today. On his Facebook campaign page, he posted a recent article about himself, which touches on his former beliefs of white supremacy.

It’s not something I’m proud of, he said. For the last twenty plus years I’ve demonstrated that I am not the person I once was.

“I’ve been attending the Black Lives Matter rally in Clarkston, the Women’s March in Spokane, just pretty active community wise,” he said. “I’m with the adopt a highway program with the democratic party for Asotin County.”

Hayward has lived in Clarkston for 20 years. He’s also a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Korea, and was a precinct committee officer in Asotin county serving on the Asotin County Planning Commission. Service has always been part of his life and still is.

“I’m with the state democratic party with the veteran caucus. I work with them trying to relay information to our veterans here in the community,” he explained.

Hayward said if elected his first priority would be to talk with the chamber of commerce for ideas on economic development.

“The Clarkston City Council just recently passed keeping the firefighters on the department in order to keep that we have to do something because it’s in jeopardy if we don’t,” said Evans.

He said the council could generate some growth.

“With my experiences with other council members that I know well, I think that we could come together with something and go on some trips and visit with some business leaders and see if we can get them to come to our community,” he said.

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