Trial set for former congressional candidate Hedrick

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: December 13, 2010, 6:48 PM

 

The trial of a former 3rd Congressional District candidate accused of assaulting his wife has been set for Jan. 28.

David W. Hedrick, the Republican Tea Party candidate who came in third in the August primary election behind mainstream Republican Jaime Herrera and Democrat Denny Heck, was in Clark County District Court Monday morning, where Judge John Hagensen set the trial date.

Hedrick, who is free on bail, was arrested Oct. 10 on suspicion of fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. He is accused of striking his wife twice in the back of the head during an argument at their Camas home.

According to court documents, the situation started when Megan Hedrick slapped him on the forearm. Hedrick told a deputy he did not hit his wife; rather, he pushed her to the floor when she tried to hit him with a folding chair. Megan Hedrick did not sustain any injuries.

At her husband’s last court appearance in November, Megan Hedrick backed away from the assault allegation, saying her husband wasn’t dangerous. She also sent an e-mail to The Columbian, saying she was “out of control” and her husband was trying to restrain her.

Hedrick’s attorney, Jack Green, has said the evidence, if brought to trial, will show his client didn’t do anything wrong.

Hedrick, a 31-year-old management consultant, was a candidate for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s open seat and was known for his aggressive campaign in which he called for privatization of Social Security and strict adherence to the original U.S. Constitution.

He received 22,621 votes districtwide and 13,087 in Clark County.

He also recently penned a satirical children’s book called “The Liberal Clause,” which examines socialism through an allegorical Christmas story.

If convicted of fourth-degree assault domestic violence, Hedrick could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.