Idaho Democrat, A.J. Balukoff, launches bid for governor

POCATELLO, Idaho — The race for the Governor of Idaho has another candidate, this time, a Democrat.

A. J. Balukoff kickstarted his campaign for Governor of Idaho in Pocatello on Wednesday, January 10.

“When I ran four years ago, Idaho was at the bottom of the barrel in education investments, education results and household income, while being a national leader in minimum wage jobs.  Here we are four years later and nothing has changed.  A generation of Idaho children are coming of age without the skills they need to succeed.  If elected, I will work every day to make sure the next generation doesn’t suffer the same fate.” Balukoff said in a speech to supported outside Alameda Middle School.  “If we are going to provide opportunity for Idaho’s children, families and communities, we must get serious about investing in their future – that means providing a quality education and access to healthcare.”

Campaign officials say Balukoff is now on a statewide tour.  He is scheduled to speak with supporters in Idaho Falls later in the day on Wednesday, January 10. He will also meet with voters in Twin Falls, Ketchum, Coeur d’Alene and Boise throughout the rest of the week.

According to Ballotpedia, Balukoff ran for against then incumbent Governor Otter back in 2014.