Paulette Jordan at RES in March 2018 in Las Vegas spoke about her bid to be first American Indian governor.. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published May 16, 2018
BOISE, IDAHO — With polls closing in Idaho within the last hour, Paulette Jordan is leading her opponent in early primary election results with 58.8 percent of the vote. She is hoping to win the Democratic party’s gubernatorial nomination tonight and, if she wins, will have to face the Republican party’s nominee, also being selected tonight, in the general election in November.
Jordan, who resigned her seat as a state representative to devote more time to this primary race, is a tribal citizen of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians.
In December 2016, Jordan, 38, announced her candidacy for the top elected job in Idaho. She would be the first American Indian ever of any state in the United States and the first woman governor of Idaho.