The Idaho chapter of the AFL-CIO has endorsed Paulette Jordan in the Idaho gubernatorial race.

"Endorsing Paulette Jordan has been a long time coming, and I'm enthusiastic in supporting someone who has been on the forefront, fighting for working Idahoans," said Joe Maloney, president of the Idaho American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

The endorsement announced at an AFL-CIO picnic in Boise on Labor Day, comes on the heels of public support from Jordan’s Democratic primary rival AJ Balukoff and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

“This campaign is about all Idahoans,” said Jim Jordan, the Jordan campaign’s political strategist. “That’s why we are seeing so many people across the state come out and support Paulette Jordan. That’s why these organizations recognize the importance of this win in November.”

Paulette Jordan, a national business leader and former Idaho House representative, has traveled the state since cruising to her primary win in May. Her message remains constant but simple: Idahoans deserve leaders who will fight for their interests over those of corporations and private profit. Jordan is the only candidate in the Idaho governor’s race who refuses to accept corporate and dark money. She is a staunch supporter of Proposition 2, a Medicaid expansion ballot initiative that, if passed, will not only bring healthcare to more than 60,000 Idahoans but that will save the state upwards of $600 million over 10 years.

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Idaho AFL-CIO President Joe Maloney, left, stands with Paulette Jordan and supporters during a Labor Day event Sept. 3.

“Idahoans are hardworking people. They are mothers and fathers, brothers, sisters, friends who want to raise their families here on living wages and know that they can go to the doctor when they need to,” said Paulette Jordan. “As governor, I will fight to give Idaho’s workers the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Jordan highlights protecting public lands and improving the state’s education system through a reprioritization of the state’s budget.

"We look forward to supporting her campaign as we fight to increase workers rights, wages and pursuit of happiness,” said Maloney.