Woman running to be first Native American governor wins Democratic primary

Credit: Inlander

On Tuesday night, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in Idaho’s governor’s race. This victory increases her chances of becoming the U.S.’s first Native American governor.

Jordan served as an Idaho state lawmaker for two years before she decided to run for governor. During the primary, she beat out A.J. Balukoff, who is known to be an establishment Democratic candidate.

She will now face Lt. Gov Brad Little (R) in November.

Jordan is running on a pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-marijuana legislation, pro-Medicaid expansion platform.

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Idaho is known to be a conservative state. However, in recent weeks, Jordan’s progressive platform has gained a lot of national attention. She still faces an uphill battle. The last time her state had a Democratic governor was in 1990. Jordan believes she can receive support from both parties.

She stated, “As a person of color, and coming from my background, it’s […] about teaching people to lead beyond the parties. And that’s what I love about my vision: I’m very progressive and rural, but I also come from a strong one-party-driven district and state. I’ve been able to show people how to invest in our government through leadership by having compassion for humanity and showing kindness.”


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