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Jo Ann Hardesty sworn in as first black woman to serve on Portland City Council

Hardesty was sworn in Wednesday morning before the city council meeting.

On Wednesday, Jo Ann Hardesty officially became a Portland City Commissioner.

She was sworn in Wednesday morning before the city council meeting.

The move is historic, because she’s now the first black woman to serve on the Portland City Council.

When she arrived in Council Chambers, she made the rounds. Many of her supporters showed up for the swearing-in ceremony.

Hardesty was all smiles, hugging her supporters and taking pictures with them.

"I appreciate having you represent us," Nick Alex said to Hardesty.

Alex, his wife, and nine kids showed up to City Hall to see Hardesty get sworn in.

"It means everything that she's the first black woman, because I have five daughters myself. So I had to bring all my daughters to see her, and my sons as well," Alex said.

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There were also some people who decided to disrupt Wednesday morning's council session by speaking over commissioners and the mayor. Some lied down in the middle of council chambers.

The commotion forced the city council to take a break, twice.

But for Hardesty and her supporters, nothing could overshadow the history making day.

"The first black woman on the city council," Alex said. "We had to support."

Hardesty defeated Loretta Smith back in November. She replaces longtime commissioner Dan Saltzman.

Video: Jo Ann Hardesty sworn in as city commissioner

Hardesty also previously served as President of the Portland chapter of the NAACP.

VIDEO: Jo Ann Hardesty victory speech

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