City of Plummer gets national attention after local clinches gubernatorial primary

Population: 1,044. That’s what the sign welcoming you to Plummer, just past the one advertising “Paulette Jordan for Governor” on your way into town, lists.

“We are a tight knit community, if there is a loss we mourn together, if there is an exciting time, like Paulette winning the primary, we come together,” said Rosanna Allen, a Coeur d’Alene tribe member and Paulette’s cousin.

She says seeing Jordan make it farther than most expected she would in the race for Idaho governor has meant a lot to the residents of the town, especially its tribal members.

“We come from voices that have been stomped out in history,” she said. “So it’s big for our voices to be heard.”

Jordan is Idaho’s first female gubernatorial primary winner and would be the first Native American governor in the state’s history.

She is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has served on the tribal council, and has also done her rounds in the State Legislature.

“My daughter was totally shocked this morning to wake up and see the news,” said Amanda Johnson, Coeur d’Alene tribe member. “To get a woman in there, its fantastic.”

Jordan has a challenging general election race still ahead of her, and many consider a victory from her a long shot in ruby red Idaho, but she’s already made a ton of folks proud in Northern Idaho to have clinched the primary.

She’ll have all eyes in Plummer on her as November nears.