Historic Native American Candidate Wins Gubernatorial Primary
Paulette Jordan could become the first Native American Governor in U.S. history after winning Idaho’s Democratic nomination in the Governor’s race claiming 60% of the vote. The 38-year-old member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is pushing a progressive agenda in a blood-red state. She’s championing raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, expanding health care, and fighting climate change. When the 2003 University of Washington graduate announced Kristin Collum as her running mate, she made history by creating the state’s first all-female ticket. Jordan is also a Senior Executive Board representative, Finance Chair, and Energy Initiative Chair for the National Indian Gaming Association and has served in the state legislature since 2014. The GOP dominates in Idaho, holding every statewide and federal elected seat, as well as a majority of the legislature. Idaho voters haven't swung for a Democratic governor since 1990. But it’s the age of political upsets. She will face Republican Lt. Governor Brad Little in November. More here.