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Aspiring politician once punched a woman, has long history of arrests


State House candidate Roy Hardemon refers to himself as a “model citizen.”

“I’m always helping and putting people first,” Hardemon said. “Every project that I’ve done I’m a model for the community. Follow my Facebook page and you’ll see the things I’ve already done and continue to do.”

Hardemon’s Facebook page shows the Democrat standing next to basketball hoops at Bannerman Park and houses on Northwest 58th street that he “made happen.”

What it doesn’t make any mention of Hardemon’s lengthy criminal history.

For the past 30 years, Hardemon’s life has been a revolving door with the criminal justice system. He was unable to recall how many times he has been arrested when asked by a Miami Herald reporter.

Hardemon, 54, has been arrested 19 times since 1987 and charged with 35 different crimes, 12 of them felonies. The charges range from felony battery and kidnapping to municipal violations for trespassing.

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