Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Paulette Jordan to run for Idaho governor
If elected, she would make history as first-ever American Indian governor
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — On Dec. 7, 2017, Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan announced her candidacy for Governor of Idaho in 2018, and her fundamental message is simple: Justice for all.
“Discrimination damages lives, it harms families and it alienates Idahoans,” Jordan said. “We want to keep our Idaho communities intact because Idaho’s future belongs to all of us.”
If elected, Jordan (D-Coeur d’Alene) would make history in two ways. She would be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor — and the first American Indian woman to serve as governor of any state.
Jordan, 38, is a native of Idaho and an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho.
“I grew up in a farming family and my grandparents showed me that cultivating the land was a continuation of our ancestral traditions of caring for homelands,” Jordan said. “Coeur d’Alene peoples have cared for Idaho homelands since time immemorial, and Idahoans today practice the same combination of self-sufficiency and cooperation that my grandparents did.
“This reminds me of how connected we are to one another — it reminds me that Idaho is my family.”
Jordan is currently serving her second term in the Idaho House of Representatives. She is a member of the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee, State Affairs Committee and the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee.
Jordan is also an appointed Idaho Representative to the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments for the Western Region.
“It is possible to care for our lands and rivers while also supporting our farms and ranches, to engage in conservation while also fostering the business and technology development, which is growing Idaho’s community and economy,” Jordan said.
The early work ethic Jordan learned on her family’s farm and ranching heritage motivated her throughout college at the University of Washington, and it drove her to complete specialized certificates at the University of Idaho and at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
“When I asked myself how I could serve Idaho even better, the governor’s office was my answer.” Jordan elaborated. “Idaho is a state I fall in love with over and over. This is the place that fostered me and this is the place I was raised to serve.”
Jordan will face off against A.J. Balukoff and Troy Minton in the 2018 Democratic Primary.
After gold was found in California, silver was discovered in Virginia City, and the Comstock bonanza lured those seeking riches onto Washoe terrain. The settlers viewed the land as an object of financial opportunity. In a very short time, pine nuts, seeds, game and fish had been overused. The harmonious rhythm that the Washoe had maintained was broken.