Everett newspaper rescinds candidate endorsement after discovering ‘misrepresentations’

Clyde Shavers is running for a seat in the state House of Representatives in the 10th legislative district. His father wrote a letter to the newspaper saying that Shavers had made misleading statements.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The editorial board of the Everett Herald has revoked the endorsement of a state legislative candidate after the newspaper said it discovered “serious misinformation” in the application’s course of action. pellets.

On Tuesday, the panel changed its endorsement of the article from Democratic candidate Clyde Shavers, to incumbent Representative Greg Gilday, a Republican.

Gilday is running for re-election to represent the state’s 10th Legislative District, which includes Whidbey Island, Camano Island, and Stanwood.

The board said it identified in campaign filings Shavers as claiming he worked as an attorney, despite never having passed the state bar exam.

The Herald also questioned Shavers’ campaign website posts, citing an earlier claim that he served as a Navy Submarine Officer. The article showed that Shavers had not completed training to serve on the submarine, instead being a civil servant.

The website now reads that Shavers was “introduced into the nuclear submarine community” before taking a job as a civil servant.

Shavers’ father, Brett Shavers, wrote a letter to his son’s rival about those claims and other things.

In the letter, Brett Shavers said it was the “most difficult” thing he had ever written, saying he wanted to revise his son’s profile “realistically and personally” as a “issue of integrity.”

Brett Shavers writes: “Clyde was never a submarine officer, not even for a day, and added that his son had only ‘a disdain for the army’.

Brett Shavers said his son failed his bar exam and should not represent himself as a lawyer while making other false statements about his upbringing and family.

Brett Shavers writes: “He abused it, embellished it, and at times misled people about it.

Both the Herald and Gilday campaigns said they verified Brett Shavers, Clyde Shavers’ father, wrote the letter.

In a written statement, Clyde Shavers said his father’s letter was “incorrect and personally, very painful for me as his son.”

The statement said: “To be clear, this letter is all about politics. Although I haven’t spoken to my father in a while, I do know that he was at the Capitol on January 6 (2021) – At the time of those writings, I was serving in the military. Bahrain. I contacted my dad to let him know I was safe and he told me about his intention to travel to Washington, DC on January 6 – This is the kind of politics that is dividing families and community, and my campaign is about healing and moving forward. “

An attorney for Brett Shavers confirmed that Brett Shavers attended the rally in Washington, DC, but said he did not enter the US Capitol.

A spokesman for Clyde Shavers said the candidate has never represented himself as a working attorney.

The spokesperson said when Clyde Shavers registered with the Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate, he tried entering “attorney” on the digital form, but only “attorney-attorney” monk” is an option.

That spokesman said a lawyer is someone who has graduated from law school and a lawyer is someone who has passed the bar exam.

Clyde Shavers is a graduate of Yale Law School and “fully intends to join the bar next year and work as a practicing attorney,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said Clyde Shavers never said he had been deployed on a submarine, only knowing he was commissioned as a nuclear submarine officer.

In a written statement, the spokesperson said, “Clyde was introduced to the nuclear submarine community after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2013. After graduating from the School of Nuclear Power in 2014 and when he finished the NPTU Prototype in 2015, he realized that his interests lie in a different path in the Navy. After facing challenges and realizing he wasn’t a good fit for this community at the end of the program (when he was assigned as a submariner), he discussed with his supervisor about moving forward. transition to another naval community. He served another 6 years in the Navy as a public service officer.”

Shavers’ opponent, Gilday, said he had never heard of a newspaper canceling the confirmation.

“I think it was the right thing to do,” Gilday said, “And because I think the letter from his father, especially from his parents, you know, it was a harsh indictment. about his character.”

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