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Hardesty resigns from NAACP post
City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty resigned her volunteer position as president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP on Wednesday, several days after Willamette Week questioned whether she was violating the organization's policy against office holders running for elected positions.
Hardesty originally said she would step aside from her official duties during the campaign. But her campaign committee issued a statement announcing her resignation a few hours after the Portland Tribune asked it about the legal status of the NAACP chapter.
In a Wednesday morning email to campaign manager Anna Nguyen, the Portland Tribune noted the non-profit corporate filing for the chapter was dissolved by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. The email noted the chapter was still recruiting members and raising funds on its website, however.
After the announcement, Hardesty emailed a statment saying the dissolution was the result of a registration problem.
"I registered it when I became president because the previous administration didn't turn over any of the intellectual property. After taking the helm I realized it was already registered and dissolved this one," Hardesty said.
Two Portland chapters of the NAACP have been filed over the years with the Secretary of State's Office. Neither is currently active. The national organization is currently incorporated to do business in Oregon, however.
In the announcement, Hardesty said she was resigning to devote full time to her council campaign.
"I am proud of the organization we have rebuilt together. We have re-energized and revitalized a civil rights organization with a 103 year history of being on the frontlines of the fight for racial equality. When I became president I pledged to recruit, inspire and rebuild the credibility, membership numbers and the financial strength of the organization," Hardesty said.
Hardesty also said that Rev. E.D. Mondaine, the 1st vice president and chair of the Religious Services Committee, will assume the role of president immediately and will complete the remainder of her term.
"He is a solid leader and will take the NAACP Portland Branch to the next level. I have built a solid leadership team and they will continue the incredible work that we have accomplished over the last few years," Hardesty said.
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