STORY UPDATE: 6:10PM NOVEMBER 2, 2022: Naval records confirm Clyde Shavers lied about military experience
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash., November 1, 2022—Politicians have a reputation of being dishonest but Clyde Shavers (D), who is running for Representative of the 10th Legislative District, may have exceeded voters’ tolerance with false claims and embellishments made about his life and qualifications for candidacy.
Below is the letter from Brett Shavers, Cycle Shavers’ father, in its entirety.
In a letter obtained by the Lynnwood Times authored by Brett Shavers, Shavers’ father, Brett alleged Clyde was never a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, exaggerated his mother’s immigration status, has not experienced homelessness, did not grow up in a farming family, and does not reside in the 10th Legislative District all of which his son and 10th LD candidate Clyde Shavers, claims.
The Lynnwood Times has confirmed that Clyde Shavers is also not a practicing Attorney in Washington State, as his Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) Financial Affairs report states.
When the Lynnwood Times reached out to Brett Shavers, a U.S. Navy veteran and retired Police Officer to ask his motive for writing the letter, he shared that he loves his son but grew tired of being roped into his son’s “untruthfulness,” “blatant lie” and “dishonesty.”
“The things he’s saying are not accurate, if not misleading. He’s saying he’s the son of a marine, son of a police officer, son of an immigrant, so it’s if he’s using our credibility to validate his statements,” Brett Shavers told the Lynnwood Times. “We’ve asked him not to embellish or lie constantly but he just continues. The letter is just a last resort [for Clyde] to please make better decisions.”
Shavers registered with the PDC as an Attorney for Perkins Coie LLP, however the Seattle law firm does not have record of Shavers in their employment database. He did work as a summer associate at the firm’s Seattle office while attending Yale, however.
In campaign literature, sent out by the Shavers campaign, it also states Shavers was an attorney reading, “after defending us in the United States Navy Clyde came home to take on a different fight: protecting our environment as an attorney.”
The Washington State Bar Association does not list anyone by his name passing the Washington State Bar this year. Shavers did receive his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in June of 2022, as verified by Alden Ferro, Associate Director of Public Affairs for Yale Law School. According to RCW 2.48.180 it is a gross misdemeanor in the state of Washington to unlawfully practice law.
On Shavers’ campaign website, and several campaign literature pieces, he also claimed to be a Submarine Officer with the United States Navy, but his father wrote he failed to fully complete the Submarine Officer pipeline training. The Lynnwood Times reached out to the U.S. Navy to verify this information and is awaiting response.
Shavers’ campaign website has recently changed to read “He commissioned into the nuclear submarine community and later transitioned as a public affairs officer in 2015” after his father’s letter surfaced but just days earlier its read “for more than 8 years he served as a nuclear Submarine Officer”. However, on his UNICEF USA Profile it still reads “Prior to law school, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer” as does the claim remain on several campaign literature mailed to several households. Him being a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer was also echoed in a post announcing Shavers as a guest speaker by the Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise on July 13, 2022, and in a January 25 article by the Whidbey News-Times.
According to Shavers’ father, his son Clyde Shavers who is a veteran and the 10th LD candidate for the Democrat Party, has only expressed disdain for the military and “never wanted to go into the military nor the US Naval Academy, in the first place and bluntly stated animosity against the military and the people in it.”
Shavers’ father wrote in the letter that the claim by Clyde that he was the son of a refugee is also untrue. Shavers stated that his mother immigrated to the United States from Japan to seek a better life. However, according to his father she was actually a Japanese foreign exchange student who gained her citizenship over time.
Clyde Shavers has stated that he remembers his parents telling him “tough times don’t last but tough people do” which his parents deny saying, mainly because him and his family “never had hard times”, his father said. In relation to his upbringing, Shavers’ father stated that his claims of growing up in a farming family were also untrue “unless a garden in the backyard is considered farming” nor is he aware of any time his son has experienced homelessness.
Shavers’ relationship to the legislative district he is running to represent is also slim. According to public records, Shavers owns a condo in Kirkland (the first legislative district), although sources have informed the Lynnwood Times and voter records indicate that Shavers may be renting a room at 1746 Penn Cove Rd in Oak Harbor which has a unit on the property listed as a Penn Cove Overlook Bed and Breakfast. According to voter records, at least four others are registered to vote at the Oak Harbor address. The owner of the Bed and Breakfast was unable to confirm or deny this with the Lynnwood Times per client confidentiality.
“The only relation Clyde has to LD10 is that we have driven him through LD10 on occasion when he was growing up,” Brett Shavers said. “Prior to announcing his candidacy for LD10, Clyde had determined that LD10 was a district that he could win, and he would run there…According to Clyde the Democrat Party in Washington and residents of Whidbey Island wanted him there to flip it blue.”
The Lynnwood Times reached out to the Clyde Shavers for comment who dismissed the letter as being “inaccurate, and personally, very painful to [him] as his son.” Shavers continued that he has not spoken to his father in years and the letter was all about politics.
“This is the kind of politics that is tearing apart families and communities. My campaign is about healing communities and moving forward,” Clyde Shavers told the Lynnwood Times.
Clyde Shavers is endorsed by the Everett Herald (although the news outlet recently rescinded their endorsement) and several elected officials including Mukilteo Councilman Louis Harris and Snohomish County Councilwoman Meghan Dunn.