INDEPENDENT PARTY OF OREGON ENDORSES JO ANN HARDESTY FOR PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL
“4/23/2018 – PORTLAND – The Independent Party of Oregon has endorsed Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council. The party, which rarely endorses non-members in non-partisan races, has taken this step based on the stark contrast between the leading candidates.”
IPO co-chair Dan Meek said “Jo Ann has decades of experience fighting for working families and vulnerable communities in Portland. She is a long-time supporter of campaign finance reform”
Jo Ann Hardesty played a leading role in building support for the 2016 Multnomah County campaign finance ballot measure that passed with 89% support of voters. It bans contributions by corporations, limits individual contributions to $500, and requires that political ads name their largest funders. “By contrast, one of her leading opponents for the City Council seat, Loretta Smith, was an outspoken opponent of the measure who tried to prevent this measure from going to the voters,” Meek noted.
The IPO endorsement pointed out that Loretta Smith has already raised about $200,000 with more than 60 percent coming from donations of $1000 or more, including many lobbyists and companies that do business with the City of Portland. Smith has received contributions of $2,500 or more from Comcast, Nike, several property developers, and others; $4,000 from an investment firm; $5,000 from many sources, including a lobbyist for a firm that represents banks, oil companies, and other corporations.
Sal Peralta, IPO Secretary, said that while Hardesty may have more liberal views than many IPO members who live outside the Portland area, her views are consistent with her community’s values and her strong support of the IPO’s election and campaign finance reform planks has earned the IPO endorsement.”We support leaders throughout Oregon who believe in empowering the voters within their communities by supporting election and campaign finance reform and who represent their community values and policies. Jo Ann Hardesty checks all those boxes.” Said Peralta.