160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clay had been a real-estate agent in Richmond, working for his family-run business. He said he decided to enter the contest on a whim and attended an open audition in New York. He acted in college and then professionally in 1997-2000. The Maytag repairman was portrayed as always lonely because of the dependability of Maytag’s appliances. Since first appearing on TV in 1967, the character has been played by only three actors. The contract of the current repairman, Hardy Rawls, is not being renewed. It’s lonely being the Maytag repairman, but a Virginia man is going to give it a try. Whirlpool Corp. announced Monday that it has selected Clay Jackson of Richmond, Va., as the character promoting the reliability of its Maytag brand of large appliances. The Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company conducted a nationwide search for the “new face of Maytag.” “The new Maytag repairman will help revitalize the Maytag brand and its heritage by keeping one foot in our past while putting the other in our future,” Maytag Vice President Jeff Davidoff said in a news release. The company said that at least 1,500 people participated in the two months of auditions.