Paulette Jordan, Coeur d’Alene, is the first Native American woman to run for governor. She’s the youngest candidate. On Friday she announced her running mate, Kristin Collum, creating the state’s first all-female ticket. And she picked up the endorsement of the state’s largest newspaper, the Idaho Statesman.
Not a bad week. The week before election day.
A news release from the Jordan campaign say the two women share “the same principles and values such as hard work and servant leadership.” Jordan served her community through her elected leadership positions on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council and with two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, while Collum is a military veteran who has worked with Gen. Colin Powell at the Pentagon and as a technology executive in Boise.
“We are two progressive women who are very independent and strong-minded,” Jordan said. “Running with Kristin Collum is an important moment in our campaign and in history. Moving forward united in our innovative vision, we believe together we can truly represent the voices of the people and bring about the change needed for Idahoans.”
The Idaho Statesman said Jordan represents a new, fresh voice in Idaho politics.
“Some Idaho Democrats have said Jordan would be a good candidate four years from now, with more experience, polish and campaigning under her belt. That may be true,” The Statesman said. “But for Idahoans looking for a candidate who can offer vision, energy and a chance to excite Idahoans looking for new leadership, Jordan offers those qualities today.”
Election day for the Idaho Democratic primary is Tuesday. Jordan faces four candidates, including A.J. Balukoff, a businessman, who was the party’s nominee four years ago.
Jordan continues to pick up a lot of national press. The Atlantic profiled Jordan in a question and answer format that explored: “How Paulette Jordan’s roots influenced her campaign to become the first Native American governor in the United States.”
Jordan said, “since I’m indigenous, my family has been here for thousands of years. There’s a tradition that the son of a chief would marry the daughter of a chief. That keeps that line going, that inheritance of leadership. Their children are subsequently going to be the chiefs or leaders. The women are also chiefs and leaders. We have an egalitarian society, so men and women can equally be the leaders.”
Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter Follow @TrahantReports