Saturday Canvass

Join the team today! Door by door, person by person, we are bringing Loretta's progressive message to Portland.

Every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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#LorettaListens

Then, after the canvass join Loretta for her #LorettaListens tour. She is heading out around the City to meet with folks & hear what's up. 

Next #LorettaListens: Sat. Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

PLACE: Village Inn, 10301 SE Stark St, Portland


In Her Life, Loretta Smith Has Been A Champion For The Most Vulnerable In Our Community.

As a single mother who raised a son in Portland Public Schools, Loretta learned from an early age how to advocate for and assist young people in obtaining a quality education. As a result, her son was a scholar athlete at the University of Washington.

Loretta is running to help those who are being left out of our new prosperity, and left behind with rising rents and expenses. She knows that we need to look out for those across our city who are struggling if Portland is going to remain  a place where everyone can live, work, and play.

Portland needs a leader who understands why so many of our neighbors are falling behind, and who has a track record of making progress for the most vulnerable. With nearly 30 years experience working to create results, Loretta Smith is the right choice to make Portland a city that works for everyone – not just the rich and privileged.


What's Happening

Hardesty embezzled money from the naacp: opb report shows hardesty broke laws as naacp head.

smith calls for hardesty to return funds.

Yesterday Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) Amelia Templeton reported on Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty and her financial mismanagement of the NAACP. The story reported that while Hardesty was president of the NAACP, she wrote $10,000 in checks to her for-profit consulting company, Consult Hardesty, without the required vote of the board or the required Treasurer’s signature.  

It is illegal for a non-profit officer to write checks to themselves. Hardesty additionally did not report that income on her state and federal taxes.

Multnomah County Commissioner and Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith said the illegal and unethical practices demand an outcry from the public.

“To steal money from one of the most storied civil rights organization is not just illegal, but it’s unconscionable. Let’s call this what it is, Jo Ann Hardesty embezzled money from the NAACP,” Smith said. “Do the right thing Jo Ann: return that money.”

Hardesty said in a June 19, 2015 Oregonian article that after taking the helm of the NAACP, “First thing I did was appoint a CPA as my treasurer because I wanted to ensure that people knew if they gave money to this administration, it would be well utilized, that it would be transparent and open for inspection.”

In a Feb. 28, 2018 Willamette Week article, Hardesty said: "I took office as president for NAACP Portland Branch in 2016, and I have never used any resources from the NAACP to benefit myself or my Portland City Council campaign.”

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