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Adam Marl helps direct gubernatorial campaign, while Desi Nicodemus pivots to Education Service District.

Two city officials in Clackamas County recently took new paid positions.

Desi Nicodemus and Adam MarlDesi Nicodemus, who took office this year as the first Black man ever elected to Milwaukie City Council, accepted a job in the upcoming school year as a teacher pathway navigator for the Clackamas Education Service District.

"I will work throughout Clackamas County to promote interest and progress in becoming a licensed educator, focusing on classified staff throughout school districts in the county," he said.

For the past several years, Nicodemus has taught fourth- and fifth-graders at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School, while setting up affinity groups to fight for proportional representation, since about 98% of the district's roughly 1,000 teachers were white, compared to its approximately 36-40% students of color.

Adam Marl, a newly appointed Oregon City commissioner, took a job this spring as the grassroots director for Jessica Gomez's 2022 gubernatorial campaign. Gomez will face Salem's Dr. Bud Pierce and Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam in the Republicans' May primary election.

"In the coming months, I'll be working with volunteers and traveling across the state to help spread the word about Jessica's positive vision for Oregon," Marl said.

Marl has worked on a Republican's statewide campaign before, last year with the nominee for state treasurer, Jeff Gudman, who received 41% of the vote to Democratic incumbent Tobias Read. Gomez, the CEO of Rogue Valley Micro Devices, which makes computer chips, said during a December meeting of the Oregon Business Leadership Summit that she wants to modernize Oregon's "overly complicated" land use planning laws.

While Oregon City commissioners serve strictly as volunteers, Nicodemus is among the two newly elected Milwaukie council members making $307 per month, an increase from the city's previous $250 monthly stipend for elected officials. Milwaukie councilors voted in May 2020 to make the increases apply for new city councilors after a citizen jury in 2019 recommended better compensation for council members to support their work on behalf of the city.


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