Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow has indicated she may step down as chairwoman of the board in December, opening the door for a new board-elected leader. Reckhow has said she would vote for current Vice Chairman Michael Page, who is eying the job. However, returning Commissioner Joe Bowser--who was ousted from the board in 2004--tells the Herald-Sun that he expects Reckhow to return the favor for his vote to elect her chairwoman, six years ago. Quid pro quo, Joe?
According to Bowser, Reckhow promised to support his future bid to become chairman if he supported her in 2002 -- and says now she's reneging. He said "she felt that a number of things had changed" in the intervening years.
"I don't remember the conversation six years ago very well," Reckhow said, "but I would say that given his hiatus from the board, I think it's important for him to gain some experience on our board, on our current board."