March 30th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Multnomah County

Currie Recruits Familiar Names for County Campaign

Chuck Currie

Chuck Currie, one of eight candidates vying in the May primary to replace Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, has recruited two familiar names for his campaign team.

Currie announced this morning that Bob Durston, a City Hall veteran who served as chief of staff to Erik Sten when Sten was a city commissioner, will chair Currie's campaign.

And Wade Nkrumah, a longtime Oregonian reporter, will serve as Currie's spokesman. Nkrumah took the Oregonian's two-year buyout offer in 2008, then had a brief stint as Mayor Sam Adams' spokesman.

(Nkrumah is now suing Adams and the city because Adams said publicly Nkrumah left the job because of stress — Nkrumah says he made clear to Adams he left because Adams lied to him about his 2005 affair with a teen-aged Beau Breedlove.)

Currie, an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, is among the candidates seeking to replace Cogen, who is running to replace Ted Wheeler as chairman for a full four-year term.

Cogen will become interim county chairman this Thursday for the rest of 2010 — a move touched off when Wheeler left the chairman's job earlier this month to accept an appointment as state treasurer.

And the final piece to this political puzzle is that Wheeler is running in the May Democratic primary against state Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches) to fill the remaining two years of the term for Ben Westlund, the state treasurer whose death prompted all these political developments.
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