Up for Debate: Hardesty vs. Smith for City Council

Who will be Portland’s first African-American Councilwoman? Join City Club and AARP-Oregon for a debate between Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith as they make their case for why they are the best person to serve the city.

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Jo Ann Hardesty is most known for her 1995-2001 term as Oregon state representative (formerly Jo Ann Bowman), her weekly Thursday morning radio segment on KBOO, and her former role as NAACP Portland President. Hardesty is a community leader and activist with a long history of standing for the city’s most disadvantaged communities. She firmly believes that opportunities to thrive in Portland should not depend on someone’s zip code or background. Her campaign platform focuses on access to government, green and living wage jobs, affordable housing, and police reform.

Loretta Smith is a two-term Multnomah County Commissioner and has made working on behalf of our most vulnerable communities her priority. With three decades of experience fighting for real results, having worked for 22 years for Senator Ron Wyden and the past 7 years as a County Commissioner, Smith is committed to making Portland a city that works for everyone.