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Hardesty Disputes Smith Charge

9/19/2018, 9:39 a.m.
Portland City Council Candidate Loretta Smith accused her November election opponent Jo Ann Hardesty of theft by mismanagement of funds ...
Jo Ann Hardesty (left) and Loretta Smith

Portland City Council Candidate Loretta Smith accused her November election opponent Jo Ann Hardesty of theft by mismanagement of funds Tuesday after a story on Oregon Public Broadcasting about a lack of fiscal oversight at the Portland NAACP when Hardesty served as president of the organization.

According to the OPB story, Hardesty helped revive the civil rights group after it become defunct, but records and interviews with people both inside and outside of the organization raised questions about its financial oversight and record keeping during Hardesty’s term as the former president of the organization.

The Hardesty campaign called Smith’s allegations a desperate attempt to tarnish Hardesty’s credibility.