With about three months to go until Idaho’s gubernatorial election, Paulette Jordan finds herself in Fort Hall, visiting the Shoshone-Bannock Festival.
Jordan attended the festival when she was younger, but it’s different now. Everywhere she goes, people want to talk to her or stop her to take a picture.
Thursday was exceptionally hot, with temperatures reaching into the high 90’s, yet the Democratic candidate was out in the sun all morning.
Posing for pictures on horses and sitting in tents with some of the tribes’ elders, she keeps trucking on what seems to be her never-ending campaign trail. But it’s these same people that keep her motivated and moving.
“The people have been activated and they’re ignited and they’re excited,” Jordan said. “And all of that energy, it’s reciprocated. So that’s really what keeps us going.”
Support for Jordan is flowing in from all around the country. Jordan told me that a couple even flew in from Arizona to talk to her, stopping her for a picture in the middle of the parade.
But in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to its highest office in nearly 30 years, Jordan is still confident. Her only challenge is getting to everyone.
“They’ll realize they have much more in common with me and my campaign, and the future of our Idaho, than they do on the other side,” Jordan explained.