Members of AFSCME Local 189, the largest union of City of Portland employees, voted July 10 to endorse Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council Position 3 at their July 10 general membership meeting.
Local 189 earlier backed Andrea Valderrama for that seat in the May primary, but she placed fourth in a field of six. Hardesty, a former state legislator, came in first with 44 percent of the vote, followed by Loretta Smith, with 22 percent. Hardesty and Smith, a Multnomah County commissioner, will face each other in a run-off on the Nov. 6 general election. Both candidates have union endorsements.
Portland City Council is a non-partisan office. All four City Council members and the mayor are elected at-large in Portland.