Elections

These women are now running to be Idaho's governor, lt. governor as a joint ticket

Kristin Collum, left, running for lieutenant governor, and Paulette Jordan, running for governor, during an interview at Boise's Grove Hotel May 8, 2018.
Kristin Collum, left, running for lieutenant governor, and Paulette Jordan, running for governor, during an interview at Boise's Grove Hotel May 8, 2018. npoppino@idahostatesman.com

Two female Democratic candidates running for statewide office have officially joined forces.

Paulette Jordan and Kristin Collum are running for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. They may be Idaho’s first all-female gubernatorial ticket.

“We are two progressive women who are very strong-minded,” Jordan told the Statesman on Tuesday.

Collum called this year, “the year of the women.”

“If we were 50 percent women we would be having a different conversation,” she said referring to the State Capitol and the legislation it produces.

Both women share platforms and political beliefs, but they have different backgrounds.

Jordan, a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, comes from a tribal leadership background with strong ties to the environment and her North Idaho community.

Collum is an Army veteran whose service included two years at the Pentagon with Gen. Colin Powell. She left the military after 12 years, and has spent the past two decades working in Boise’s tech sector at Hewlett-Packard, Micron and Xylem.

To learn more about these two candidates and other candidates in Idaho's primary election, visit the Statesman's online voter guide.

Jordan was featured Tuesday as part of the Statesman's live Facebook interviews, Conversations with the Candidates. Links to her interview and those for other gubernatorial candidates are gathered here.

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This report has been updated to clarify Collum's military service.

Cynthia Sewell is Idaho Statesman's politics and watchdog reporter. Contact her at (208) 377-6428, csewell@idahostatesman.com or @CynthiaSewell on Twitter.
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