Summary of “Could Paulette Jordan Be The First Native American Governor?”

While the bulk of the Idaho Democratic establishment has endorsed Jordan’s opponent, Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff, Jordan has earned the support of the progressive PAC Democracy for America, Planned Parenthood, Our Revolution, and was among the first five candidates endorsed on the national level by Indivisible.
When Mic ran a brief piece about Jordan in January, it stamped a picture of Jordan with “Young, Progressive, and Running.” At least 250,000 people shared or liked the piece on Facebook – several thousand more than live in all of North Idaho.
Jordan has caught the national eye as a Native woman, and a progressive at that, who is vying to make history in a conservative state.
Winning in November might ultimately matter less than what a Jordan candidacy would symbolize to many in Idaho, long accustomed to a certain type of representation.
At the Women’s March earlier this year, Jordan attracted attention when she introduced Scott – the far-right “Liberty legislator” known for her defense of the Confederate Flag – as her “Friend.” But working with people like Scott is the only way for Jordan to get elected in Idaho, whether to the state legislature or, today, in her run for the governor’s office.
As much as her name, and her campaign, is preceded by “First Native American woman,” Jordan doesn’t see herself uniquely in those terms.
She told me about a young Native girl from Oklahoma who’d posted to Facebook that, when she grew up, she wanted to be like Paulette Jordan.
“But are you Paulette Jordan?” Jordan nodded.

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