The people of Idaho are known for many things besides growing potatoes – a love for their beautiful, unspoiled land, close-knit community values, and the rich history of their indigenous people. Paulette Jordan represents all these ideals and then some, as she campaigns to become the first Native American governor of Idaho.
At 38 years old, Paulette Jordan follows in the footsteps of a family of matriarchs – her grandmother was the tribal chairwoman of the Colville Confederated Tribes. This sense of purpose has followed Jordan throughout her life from her days as a student at the University of Washington, where she volunteered as a grassroots activist, to more recently when she was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2014.
Now running for the highest office in the state, Paulette Jordan’s campaign focuses on classic progressive Democratic issues (with an Idaho twist).
“I am running for governor to make sure every Idahoan has access to healthcare, quality public school education, and our public lands,” she tweeted in the run-up to the May 15 Democratic primary.
She also wants to focus on improving education among Idaho’s Native American community, and helping “Dreamers,” who’s status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program is in question.
Whatever her campaign issues, for any Democrat to run for governor in a deep-red state like Idaho takes grit and determination. Jordan showed this during the primary, when her 72-year old, white opponent A.J. Balukoff tried, according to Jordan, to undermine her credentials.
Speaking to Teen Vogue, she said, “No one should be told to step aside and wait their turn, especially women. I think that’s the movement across the country that women are tired of being told to step aside and wait their turn by older white men, especially wealthy white men, older and wealthy white men have had their fair share of time corrupting our politics and we’re tired of that.”
Her main opponent in the November general election, Republican Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, is not as old as Balukoff at 64. But after serving for eight years in the Idaho Senate and nine years serving under incumbent governor Butch Otter, he is just as much a part of the establishment.
While we wait for the voters of Idaho to weigh up Paulette Jordan’s political choices, we thought we would have a look at her fashion choices. Here are our favorites:
Sleek by design
Jordan was selected to speak at this year’s Teen Vogue Summit, a forum of inspiring young women challenging the youth into taking action. Her outfit for the prestigious event was elegant and professional – the classic combination of a tailored black pants suit and a chic white blouse worn underneath.
As a Native American female politician, Jordan has the background to sympathize with a wide range of minorities. She has also received the official endorsement from Planned Parenthood. According to spokesperson Mistie Tolman, “She is smart, capable and strong – just the kind of reproductive rights leader we need in our state.” Jordan is seen here looking confident and classy in tailored dark blue jeans, a fitted jumper and classic pointy boots.
Paulette Jordan: sister in arms
Jordan did her bit to support a fellow Democrat Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who is running for Congress in NM1. She looked poised and polished as she hit the phones, wearing a pair of dark trousers, sleek black boots and a sheer white blouse to top it all off.
Voting with style
I cast my vote this morning at the Benewah County Courthouse in St. Maries. Join me by voting today! You can find your nearest polling station here: https://t.co/TPN0LBZUFE#VoteWithPaulette pic.twitter.com/s74mSCM6qd
— Paulette Jordan (@PauletteEJordan) May 7, 2018
Time waits for no woman! Jordan wasted no time as she cast an early vote in the Democratic primary. She completed her ballot comfortably decked out in slim-fitting black pants, stylish black leather boots, a navy blue jumper and a dark textured scarf.
On the road
I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people while traveling Idaho for this campaign. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. With your support, there is no limit to what we can achieve. #AllinforIdaho #JordanforGovernor pic.twitter.com/EyYF24bMLx
— Paulette Jordan (@PauletteEJordan) April 3, 2018
As part of her campaigning, Jordan has travelled the length and breadth of her state, talking directly to voters whenever she can. Here she is seen at one such event, stylish and sophisticated in a smart casual ensemble of blue jeans, a white button-down shirt and a structured brown blazer.
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