A former state representative from Benewah County will seek a seat in the United States Senate.

Paulette Jordan, a Plummer resident and former two-term representative for Idaho’s 5th Legislative District, announced in a press release that she will file to run for the United States Senate. A member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, she plans to run as a Democrat.

Running on a platform of affordable healthcare, education and protection of natural resources, Mrs. Jordan said that she is running because she believes the state needs new leadership.

“Idahoans are fed up,” she said. “People from all walks of life are frustrated with the partisan gridlock in congress and they are calling for a leader who represents them.

Mrs. Jordan was the Democratic nominee for the 2018 gubernatorial election, resigning her seat in the state legislature to run. She was defeated by now-Governor Brad Little by a 60%-38% margin.

She faces three opponents in the Democratic primary: Nancy Harris, a businesswoman from Boise; Travis Oler, a farm manager and entrepreneur from Shelley; and James Vandermaas, a retired law enforcement officer and businessman from Eagle.

Incumbent Sen. Jim Risch has confirmed that he will seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. An Ada County resident, he was first elected to the position in 2009 and has formerly served as both Lieutenant Governor and governor of Idaho.

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