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Political activist Jo Ann Hardesty introduces members of her staff on her first day in office as a Portland City Commissioner, the first African-American woman to hold the office and the third black city commissioner in City Hall history.  Derik Bradly (left) is Hardesty’s policy director and Matt McNally is her community outreach director.

Political activist Jo Ann Hardesty introduces members of her staff on her first day in office as a Portland City Commissioner, the first African-American woman to hold the office and the third black city commissioner in City Hall history. Derik Bradly (left) is Hardesty’s policy director and Matt McNally is her community outreach director.

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A New Seat of Power

Tables turned as activist Hardesty takes office

Jo Ann Hardesty has taken office as Portland’s newest City Commissioner, a historic benchmark for the city