When Jo Ann Hardesty knocks on doors, she dresses like she’s going to church.
She would rather people confuse her with a Jehovah's Witness than as someone who wants to cause harm, the former lawmaker and current Portland City Council candidate said.
State Rep. Diego Hernandez also considers his attire before canvassing: nice tennis shoes, bright colors, no hoodie, no hat.
“I’m a grown male, a brown male, roaming the streets. So I’m hyper aware of … what the consequences could be,” Hernandez said.