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Dec. 8, 2021

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Former Washougal mayoral candidate appears in court

By , Columbian staff writer

Former Washougal mayoral candidate Derik Ford appeared again Tuesday in Camas-Washougal Municipal Court after police say he violated a no-contact order in a domestic violence assault case.

Ford, 45, was arrested Sept. 15 and accused of hitting a family member after an argument. He pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault and was released from jail.

Clark County District Court Commissioner Erin Priest authorized a no-contact order between Ford and the family member.

Ford has since suspended his Washougal mayoral campaign.

On Monday, Washougal police say the family member he is accused of assaulting came to the police station to report that Ford had violated the no-contact order. The family member showed police an email from Ford apologizing for his actions, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 14.

Court records show his next court date for the assault case is Nov. 2.