Jo Ann Hardesty, 1st Woman Of Color On Portland City Council, Takes Office



Jo Ann Hardesty, 1st Woman Of Color On Portland City Council, Takes Office

Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty took the oath of office Wednesday, becoming the first African-American woman to serve on the City Council.

Hardesty told a crowd of hundreds of supporters and colleagues in City Hall that she started her day with a commute on a MAX train, reflecting on the two African-American commissioners who preceded her: Charles Jordan and Dick Bogle.

“It’s been 25-ish years since an African-American has had the privilege of serving the people of Portland,” she said. “What I see all around me is a city filled with people with hope, and I don’t take that hope lightly.”

In a nod to the historic moment, Justice Adrienne Nelson led a brief ceremony. Nelson is the first African-American to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and Fire Chief Mike Meyers were in the crowd, alongside many of Hardesty’s longtime supporters, such as homeless activist Ibrahim Mubarak and civil rights activist James Posey.

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