Report: Idaho Democrat Paulette Jordan running for U.S. Senate

Paulette Jordan
Paulette Jordan

IDAHO — Idaho Democrat Paulette Jordan is running for U.S. Senate.

The former gubernatorial candidate announced her campaign in an exclusive interview with HuffPost.com on Friday morning and is expected to fully launch her campaign later in the day.

Jordan is originally from Plummer and is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. She served in the House as a representative of the 5th Legislative District before running  for governor; she was the first Native American woman to run for the role.

She was the Democratic nominee in 2018, but lost to Republican Brad Little. She now hopes to replace Senator Jim Risch, who has held the position since 2008.

In her interview with HuffPost.com, Jordan said she thinks Risch is “vunerable because he’s out of touch with Idahoans on priority issues like affordable health care, a good education and protecting public lands.”

Several other candidates have already announced their campaigns to run for the seat, including Nancy Harris, Jim Vandermaas, Ray Writz, Travis Oler and Natalie Fleming. Risch has also hinted at running for a third term.