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Idaho Democrat Paulette Jordan Announces Running Mate In Race For Governor

Nate Poppino
Idaho Statesman

Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan has announced she and a progressive candidate for lieutenant governor are partnering for a joint ticket.

Paulette Jordan says both she and Kristin Collum, the only Democrat running to be lieutenant governor of Idaho, are strong-minded, progressive women. The pair are forming a joint ticket which the Statesman reports could be the first wholly female ticket to run for the state’s top two executive positions.

The duo stress their similarities despite vastly different backgrounds. Jordan, who’s Native American, hales from North Idaho and has been involved in tribal leadership for years. She’s also previously served in the state legislature.

According to Kristin Collum’s campaign website, she’s originally from Montana and enlisted in the Army right out of high school. She spent a dozen years in the military and worked at the Pentagon with Colin Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After leaving the military, Collum went to work in Boise’s tech sector. She’s had jobs at both Micron and Hewlett-Packard. She says she’s running for lieutenant governor to give residents a Democratic choice in the crowded race that has five GOP candidates.

Joint tickets aren't required in Idaho and have led to splits among parties in the executive branch. Most recently, Republican Butch Otter served as lieutenant governor under Democrat Cecil Andrus during the late 80s and early 90s. 

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