Idaho Governor's race heats up

Posted at 10:40 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 00:41:36-04

A day after the Idaho primary election, 6 On Your Side checked in with both parties' nominees.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be the Republican choice in this fall's general election; Paulette Jordan is the nominee for Democrats.

Lt. Gov. Little is breathing a sigh of relief.

"We had a good plan, and we adapted to the changes out there on the battlefield," said Little.

He will face off against former northern Idaho legislator Paulette Jordan. Jordan is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho.

"The one component I really look forward to is reuniting the people," said Jordan.

If she wins the general election, Jordan would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor; she would also be the first Native American to serve in that position in any state.

So what can we expect from both candidates when it comes to issues facing Idahoans?

"So education is absolutely the most important thing," said Little. "We have to be competitive in starting teacher pay. If we're not competitive in starting teacher pay, our best and our brightest won't go into the field of education."

Little added that he also plans on focusing on healthcare and creating a healthy economy.

Jordan agrees that the education system needs some work, but she also wants to focus on another critical issue. 

"Right now people are fighting for healthcare, and they see the inefficiencies around the lack of access to healthcare," said Jordan. "So we still have to fight to defend every single person."

Little says his experience and track record makes him the best candidate.
Jordan says she is the best candidate because she will fight for the people of Idaho.