John Duran discloses sexual relationships with two of this year’s city council candidates at WEHO PAC meeting

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Left: John Duran and West Seegmiller; Right: Jordan Cockeram and John Duran

Former Councilmember John Duran disclosed he has/had sexual relationships with two of this year’s West Hollywood City Council candidates. The disclosure came during the May meeting of the WEHO PAC, on which Duran serves as Chair. 

The query to Duran began after a series of calls he had made to friends and a number of former council candidates joking about a marketing campaign for “Cock” and “Ram” T-shirts in support of Jordan Cockeram.   The member of the PAC who raised the question has since resigned. 

In the 2022 city council race, the two worked alongside each other with the intention of pulling votes away from Robert Oliver and John Erickson.   In November 2023 Cockeram told WEHOonline he did not intend to be a candidate in the 2024 city council race but had reconsidered at the behest of Duran.

Duran also disclosed his former relationship with West Seegmiller.   The Seegmiller-Duran relationship took place for more than two years and is mostly common knowledge.  The former sex worker and advocate broke up with Duran after a series of allegations concerning Duran’s association with Ed Buck.  Duran supported Seegmiller’s pet project ‘the sex worker town hall’  which took place at the City Council Chambers in August of 2019.   Seegmiller is a regular contributor to WEHOonline and the executive produceer of Rebel Alliance News on KPFK radio.   

 

Duran serves as Chair of the WEHO PAC along with other members Dianne Abbitt, a long term West Hollywood community partner, Jay Handel, partner at the Woods Cannabis Dispensary, David Wood, the current Chair of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Nick Rimedio, the former Chair of the Chamber of Commerce and former City Council candidate and Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adolphson. 

The WEHO PAC raises money to support pro-business candidates and operates on its own charter

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Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
23 hours ago

I heard this as well. Also if you see he made a point in his previous campaign jargon to say that it-just-so-happened he came upon West Hollywood! He didn’t know about Weho? He is a thirty something year old gay person and just so happened that the first apartment Jordan moved to was Doheny drive bordering Beverly Hills. No one can have a random coincidences or serendipitous luck —this was all calculated! He only wanted to find and seek out prime housing and zip codes. Yet, when Weho’s Westside became too expensive or rents became too high, he decided he… Read more »

weho whistleblower
weho whistleblower
5 days ago

The real story isn’t that Jordan Cockeram slept with then Mayor John Duran… the REAL story is that Mayor Duran “rewarded” him by getting him into one of weho’s affordable housing units… the kind developers throw in to justify massive construction projects. Hmmm bit of a coincidence that the guy the Mayor is screwing somehow bypassed ALL of the elderly and disabled people waiting for YEARS for an affordable housing unit and immediately got a prime affordable unit in a brand spanking new building… one of the nicest in the city. Hmmmm…….

Doubter
Doubter
2 days ago

If thats even true then this has to be someone who’s been to his apartment before…smells like Erickson to me. He used to be friends with him and I’ve heard they have past to

Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
23 hours ago

I heard this as well. Also if you see he made a point in his previous campaign jargon to say that it-just-so-happened he came upon West Hollywood! He didn’t know about Weho? He is a thirty something year old gay person and just so happened that the first apartment Jordan moved to was Doheny drive bordering Beverly Hills. No one can have a random coincidences or serendipitous luck —this was all calculated! He only wanted to find and seek out prime housing and zip codes. Yet, when Weho’s Westside became too expensive or rents became too high, he decided he… Read more »

Last edited 23 hours ago by Jamie Francis
Scott Sigman
Scott Sigman
6 days ago

That’s not what Jordan looks like now. What’s Duran’s problem?

Stephen
Stephen
6 days ago

Can’t believe I actually publicly supported Duran-concubine Jordan Cockeram during/after the last election. Never again

Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
8 days ago

These alleged indiscretions and sexual dalliances are definitely a conflict of interest in politics, as is the saying politics makes strange bedfellows, it also has an aroma or stench of sexual nepotism. Let’s not be naive that deputy-gate or deputy (GAY)TE if I may use a puns or portmanteaus. John Duran’s former deputy Ian Owen’s got a $300,000 annual salary after having a sexual relationship with John here in West Hollywood and/or in Las Vegas. When confronted with the possible arrest and prosecution for unethical workplace computer and email tampering, spying on colleagues on private phone calls, stealing call-log sheets,… Read more »

Last edited 8 days ago by Jamie Francis
Christian
Christian
10 days ago

Jordan is a joke on the business license commission speaking out of turn with stupid observations that show his naivety

angry gay pope
9 days ago
Reply to  Christian

But he is so pretty! 🙁

Doubter
Doubter
8 days ago
Reply to  Christian

Clearly a troll from the Erickson/Hang gang of Bully’s even if that was true who would even notice that 🙄

Scott Sigman
Scott Sigman
6 days ago
Reply to  Doubter

Jordan has learned more than others i would.say. Reading these comments looks like bullying at middle school. Okay the ceramics teacher wa hot and high but he taught. ceramics.

Left Field
Left Field
10 days ago

The self appointed Supreme Court of West Hollywood gives a pass to one of their own.

hifi5000
hifi5000
10 days ago

A commenter on here says John Duran should retire and get out of politics. I agree with this statement.I am sure Duran was a great guy in the beginning,but his peccadillos bought him down a few notches and with the widespread publicity,he has invited ridicule to himself and the city.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
10 days ago

The hypocritical and puritanical obsession with John Duran’s personal sex life, about which he has never been anything but open and candid, is disappointing coming from a community that has benefited immensely from his decades of unmatched activism and fighting for basic civil rights, without which the mere existence as gay would likely still be criminal. Only a person of limited intellect can reduce Duran’s legacy to a handful of actions they personally find cringey without acknowledging and indeed celebrating the role he has played, and continues to play, in securing basic human rights. John Duran’s roaring rhetoric and passion… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
10 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

It is sad that so much of John Duran’s incredible career as an advocate and activist for the LGBTQ community is not part of the public memory. As to this “expose”, I would note that at least two of members of the Chamber’s political action committee are former members of the Board of Directors of Boys Town media, which could represent a potential conflict of interest, depending upon who is in the race. As to who slept with whom, it seems to me that additional disclosures are in order.

angry gay pope
10 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

You talk like a “winged monkey” – someone attached to a narcissist who acts as their proxy.

Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
8 days ago
Reply to  angry gay pope

Some people just like to hear themselves speak like experts on all issues pertaining to or about West Hollywood or take credit for yesteryear or what locals and people in the community started mentioning or taking on community issues that warranted debate or public discourse. Some people use the podium to take credit for the sentiments and actions by others or yearn for applause or speak to be recognized! I agree with your select-by proxy insinuation which in my humble opinion is an accurate assessment.

Last edited 8 days ago by Jamie Francis
Morty
Morty
10 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

I’m sorry but John does this to himself. Who told him to publicly announce that he has had sex with two people running for the city council? Sure, John has done some good things but John is also his own worst enemy.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
9 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

The public has every right to be concerned about Duran’s behavior. It’s not puritanical to believe that someone’s struggles with sex addiction, and their exploitative relationships, will affect their ability to serve them. It’s also shocking to make the statement that everyone is being hypocritical. There are many people in this community who have worked very hard to overcome addictions and control their behavior to make their lives better. I’m always trying to unravel what exactly Duran did to secure our human rights. From a recent WeHo Online profile, it seems like he happened to be at some protests and… Read more »

Kevin
Kevin
9 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Alan, John disclosed this. This was not an undercover investigation and meant to be a gotcha piece. John disclosed this expecting publicity because he is a narcissistic.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
9 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

Actually, although it was widely known, John felt that he needed to officially inform the Chamber Political Action Committee, which I believe was the right decision for John. All I can say is there are a lot of different agendas going on here.

Tom
Tom
11 days ago

Well if you disqualified every male in WeHo because they’d been hit on or had sex with John Duran the only person who’d be able to run would be, well, me.

Cy Husain
10 days ago
Reply to  Tom

If it worked that way I’d be the Mayor for a lifetime of being consistently and unanimously rejected by everyone❗🤣

Left Field
Left Field
9 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

A lifetime of being consistently and unanimously rejected by everyone. I find that hard to believe. Could it be the overuse of emojis?

Cy Husain
8 days ago
Reply to  Left Field

If only I could blame all that on the emojis❗

Stephen
Stephen
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Hit on? No. Duran’s a creepy chickenhawk and has hit on any guy under 30 he’s looked at. Had sex with? Yes. This weird John Duran sex cult/harem needs to be surgically removed from WeHo politics

Liam
Liam
4 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I think most self respecting men would take issue with this statement.

angry gay pope
11 days ago

John Duran is a man of many faces – but enough about the plastic surgery! Without it his AIDS wasting would be obvious but it is his moral wasting that troubles me. I joined Grindr and within 2 hours he was hitting on me from a headless profile.

C'mon Sense
C'mon Sense
8 days ago
Reply to  angry gay pope

Discussing someone’s medical issues is no joke and is really uncalled for.

angry gay pope
11 days ago

A friggin ESCORT is running for Weho city council? Sigh.

C.R.
C.R.
11 days ago
Reply to  angry gay pope

Well it’s West Hollywood, not some small town in Utah. Why wouldn’t a friggin escort run for Weho city council?

angry gay pope
10 days ago
Reply to  C.R.

I guess if Dr. Tony Mills could be IML Mr. Leather and then do liquor ads about it online anything is possible.

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