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Candidates Forum: Portlandís First African-American Female City Councilmember Race Talks:

Featuring Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith
Forum Moderator: Tricia Tillman, former Director of Multnomah County Public Health
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m.
Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue presents
"Candidates Forum: Portland's First African-American Female City Councilmember"

Featuring Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith
Forum Moderator: Tricia Tillman, former Director of Multnomah County Public Health

Join Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith, candidates for Position 3 on Portland's City Council, for a forum featuring direct questions from the moderator to the candidates, followed by an audience Q & A. Gain insight into Smith and Hardesty, one of whom will be the first African-American female on Portland's City Council.

The audience will hear from the candidates and then have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

August 14th 2018
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event
Minor with parent or guardian

Street parking is limited downtown, but there are numerous parking garages and bus services.




Tuesday, September 11, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School

homepage: homepage: http://racetalkspdx.com/

Video from the Event 16.Aug.2018 08:50

Joe Anybody

Here is the link to the Race Talks video from the "CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: JOANNE HARDESTY AND LORETTA SMITH

 https://youtu.be/7jMd0F75buc (1 hour 40 min video)

Thanks for the ^ video, Joe. 16.Aug.2018 13:25


I watched the entire video.

some highlights / bullets from each candidate :

Smith claimed, based on her Multnomah County Commission work, that there was "more money in housing and homelessness than ever before." Smith also claimed she had "leveraged over 700,000 jobs in seven years" (referencing overall advocacy for the Multnomah County/Portland area black community). Smith also noted her status as the "only black woman County Commissioner in the state of Oregon" and quoted Michelle Obama's "when they go low, you go high" (in regard to public image as an African American woman during election season). She said 59% voter turnout in local elections was "unacceptable" and that 70% or more was needed. In elaborating on 'not being pigeonholed' for advocating solely on African American-related issues, Smith said that daycare along with housing was unaffordable for working women and that if education is neglected or ignored, the current situation of African Americans making up 6 percent of Portland population and occuping 24 percent of the jails would be perpetuated; she noted, "I can't carry the water for every issue in every community but with your help I can try". Smith said (in reference to a local newspaper cover story about Hardesty) that it was "unacceptable" to be called an "angry black woman"; it was a "ploy" that she "won't allow"; she wants who she (or other African American women in public office-life) is to be a non-stereotypical representative of themselves and their race. <-- This was kind of an indirect personal 'slam' (prohibited by rules of the organized debate) of Hardesty on Smith's part; and when an audience member protested, the debate moderator told them to "hold their tongue." Smith said, in reference to how to practically advocate as a public representative for the black community, "sometimes we can get caught up in rhetoric, and that's what it is: rhetoric." When asked the "What is something you admire about your opponent in this race?" question, Smith said: "Jo Ann knows how to reinvent herself." To which the moderator responded: "That was _not_ the spirit of this question."

Hardesty cited her State Legislature work in defeating Measure 11 (which sent 15-year-olds to jail). She called out the "new buzzword" of 'equity' (which Smith had used in a few of her responses to questions regarding economic conditions in Portland area). She noted former county commissioner Gladys McCoy (first African American elected to public office in the state of Oregon, and her husband Bill McCoy) and said she "stood on their [McCoys'] shoulders". Referencing her own life experience, Hardesty said "I do not believe there has been a [U.S.] Navy veteran on the Portland City Council." She said, in reference to having a female person of color on the Portland City Council in this election "white men have been running Portland City Council for a hundred-and-forty-eight years; and I think having a majority female CC will radically change the dynamic." On stereotypes: Hardesty doesn't "run away" from Willamette Week's characterization of her as "angry black woman" and is "ok with making white people uncomfortable." "I have always been a very opinionated woman; not because I'm black but simply that I have strong opinions." Hardesty characterized herself as "data"-informed and "outcome driven." She said the NAACP Portland branch was on "life support" when she first became involved with it and cited her work as bringing it back to sound effectiveness and leadership. Nobody was "paying her to create the Portland Clean Energy Fund." Hardesty insisted that she has always brought a broad range of people from all races/ethnicity in coalition in a "one Portland" strategy and vision. Hardesty: "Your income should not determine your zip code." With reference to income and housing costs in Portland, she said we are "charging low income people for the privilege of coming back into the city to work." Hardesty said that (TriMet) 'congestion pricing' should not burden low income people who are forced to commute long distances. She has a "game changer" campaign finance reform measure which matches individual donations from the City by 6◊ (to permit candidates of lesser means to effectively run for City Council). Hardesty suggested, in promoting innovative use of public community resources, "why don't we send firefighters, who don't kill people, to situations with people who have mental health issues? It's not rocket science." When asked the "What is something you admire about your opponent in this race?" question, Hardesty said: "I admire commissioner Smith's cultivation of the Youth Summer Employment Program."

News media reports of the past couple days after the were definitely slanted to favor Smith and to disfavor Hardesty. OPB's article  https://www.opb.org/news/article/jo-ann-hardesty-register-business-portland/ highlighted Smith having called out Hardesty for "failing to register her [consulting] business" which is really a bull***t issue to be concentrating on, let alone as the headline for a news report (moreso since it wasn't mention it during the actual debate, both of whose participants had been given a "no personal attacks" warning by the moderator). Willamette Week's headline characterized it as a "Heated Forum" (which it really wasn't; there was some pointed and spirited commentary & responses by each candidate but it never rose to a level of "heated" except for the actual weather/climate and room temperature on that sweltering evening). Regarding Smith's "reinvent" comment about Hardesty, Willamette Week reported "the crowd responded with audible gasps" and that moderator Tricia Tillman "appeared to rebuke both candidates." (<--it was perhaps a rhetorical 'rebuke of both' but, the remark itself was entirely Smith's trashing of Hardesty and obviously the moderator was referring specifically to what Smith openly and voluntarily fired towards Hardesty ó as the question at that point was solely directed at Smith.)