• Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – APANO
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757
  • Portland Association of Teachers
  • Oregon Consumer League
  • Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens
  • Bernie PDX
  • Portland Community College Federation of Classified Employees
  • Women’s March on Portland
  • National Lawyers’ Guild, Portland Chapter
  • Sierra Club

What People Are Saying

“ATU Local 757 is thrilled to endorse Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council. We’re deeply impressed with Jo Ann’s long history of civic activism in Portland, especially her work with people of color and other historically-marginalized communities. We’re convinced that Jo Ann is absolutely committed to improving public transit in our city while doing more to keep our transit workers and riders safe on the system, and we look forward to working with her to make that happen.”

Andrew Riley, Communications Coordinator – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757

“The OSCRC Board and PAC has endorsed Jo Ann Hardesty for the open seat on the City Council because we believe she is the best qualified candidate for that position. Jo Ann understands the needs of elders in Portland. She knows how city government works and she’s not afraid to do the right thing.”

Steve Weiss, Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens

“We feel that Jo Ann Hardesty’s long record of community engagement in Portland gives her a unique authority to enact the change that Portland needs going forward. She is a strong voice for grassroots activism and she is not afraid of speaking truth to power, and we would be thrilled to see her on Portland’s city council.”

PCCFCE member Matt Reader, PT faculty instructor

“The Oregon Consumer League is pleased to have endorsed Jo Ann Hardesty in her race for a seat on the Portland City Council. Jo Ann understands the importance of emphasizing the need for safe and affordable housing our community. She also understands that our community needs a police force that protects, rather than threatens, people of color and those with mental health and physical disabilities among us. The OCL believes that Jo Ann will therefore be a fearless champion for these changes on the City Council.”

Oregon Consumer League

“Portland is home to over 55,000 Asians and Pacific Islanders, representing 9% of the city’s population, and one of the fastest growing communities of color in Oregon. With the historic election of Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland will be gaining a thoughtful, passionate, and experienced community leader who can help elevate the voices of Portlanders long shut out of our political process. Jo Ann’s commitment to communities of color and advocacy skills to fight for Asians and Pacific Islanders will bring much needed representation to our city government, and APANO is excited to support her.”

Kathy Wai, Field Director of APANO

“We have no doubt that Jo Ann will be a necessary agitator to bring new ideas and people into community decision-making. We look forward to helping elect someone whose values align with APANO’s.”

Robin Ye, Field Organizer at APANO

“So many friends attended my house party, and their contributions exceeded my expectations. I think it was because Jo Ann is their hero, as she is mine, because of her political and moral courage and her grasp of the important issues facing Portland. She does her homework, and she knows what she’s talking about!”

Rod Such

“As a former university professor, I appreciate that she researches the policies she advocates, so that she can engage in-depth on any questions that come up. And she practices what she preaches. She is a wonderful antidote to the dolts running our federal government now. Can’t wait til she is sitting on the Council, where I’m sure she will use her political talent and experience to enact the programs she espouses.”

Dr. Namascar Shaktini

“Jo Ann’s candidacy is an opportunity that Portland cannot afford to pass up!  With her experience in the legislature and the turnaround of the NAACP she has a proven track record of getting things done.  Portland is on the cusp of change.  We cannot afford to lose the spirit that made this a great city.”

Linda McKim-Bell

“I have known JoAnn for 25 years.  She has many years of experience as a community organizer and activist and as an elected official. She knows that these roles are different and has had the flexibility to serve in both roles. I believe she will be a bridge builder while she maintains a clear focus on the important issues of justice and equity.   I am delighted to support her for City Council.”

Beverly Stein, former Multnomah County Chair