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Senator Apologizes After Describing Minorities As "Colored"

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SUNNYSIDE, WA- State Senator Jim Honeyford from Sunnyside has issued a written apology after comments he made during a public hearing last week.

Senator Honeyford described minorities as, "colored". Honeyford said he has realized that the language, "wasn't appropriate" and that he will continue to serve his district "with diligence and increased sensitivity".   

When Honeyford's district was redrawn by the State Redistricting Commission in 2011, it became the state's first majority-Latino district.

His full statement reads:

“Some say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I'm here to say that's not always true.

Many have approached me this week to tell me that a 76-year-old man doesn't always use language that is appropriate in 2015.

“I sincerely appreciate the people who took the time to tell me that some of the language I have used has been hurtful to them. Even my wife has weighed in on this issue.

“I am deeply sorry for the hurt I have caused; it was certainly not my intent to offend anyone.

“I have been active for years in working in my community to encourage residents from diverse communities to become politically active, and I regret anything that takes away from those efforts.

“It is a privilege to serve in the public arena and I will continue to representing my entire community with diligence and increased sensitivity.”