Masturbating in public, DWI, theft, and public indecency are some of the charges in the checkered past of Darin Campbell, candidate for Oregon’s 27th House district, which is an open seat as incumbent Tobias Read is running for state treasurer.
Mr. Campbell spent many years working for his father, who was also state representative, before going on to lobby for such organizations as the Oregon Association Of Chiefs Of Police, Radio Cab, and others.
But Nigel Jaquiss of the Portland area weekly Willamette Week has uncovered Campbell’s troubled past:
The first mark on his record came in 1990, when Campbell, then 19, was serving as a police cadet in his hometown, Eugene.
He was convicted of two felony counts of theft after $3,100 worth of police equipment was found in his home.
Then in 1992, he was arrested and convicted again in Lane County, this time on a charge of public indecency, a misdemeanor.
He was convicted of public indecency again in Lane County in 1998 and then in Multnomah County in 1999.
In the latter case, which occurred when he was 29 years old, records show witnesses said Campbell wandered into an open outdoor area on Portland State University’s campus and began masturbating. His conviction in Multnomah County came while he was still on probation for public indecency in Lane County.
Campbell says he doesn’t recall the PSU incident.
“I don’t remember anything about that,” he says. “I’d been up for days using cocaine and crack.”
Campbell attributes the theft in Eugene to youthful stupidity but says he has no explanation for the acts of public indecency.
“It was one of those weird things,” he says.
Marion Barry couldn’t be reached for comment.