Native woman, Paulette Jordan, announced that she will run for the Idaho governorship in 2018.
A Democrat, the 38-year-old serves in the Idaho House of Representatives as the only native in congress.
Jordan follows a growing list of women of color who enter politics for the first time or vie for higher positions since the election of Donald Trump as US president. More over, Jordan is one of the few Native women involved in politics; as a result, Native peoples, often underrepresented, welcome her candidacy.
Earlier, she sat on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council from 2009 to 2012. Noted for an effective lawmaker, Jordan follows the trend of women moving into higher positions in politics.
She faces businessman A.J. Balukoff in the Democratic primary.