A.J. Balukoff

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Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff is a Idaho Democratic Party activist since 2014, serving multiple roles in the party.

Personal Life and Career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Balukoff is married to his wife Susie where they have eight children and 30 grandchildren.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.[1]

He founded one of the largest locally owned accounting firms in Idaho (being a certified public accountant), created a successful chain of health clubs and building and operating signature projects like Boise’s Grove Hotel, CenturyLink Arena and the team Idaho Steelheads

He is a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[2] and has held various leadership roles.[3][4]

Political Career[edit | hide | edit source]

Balukoff has served as a member of the Boise School District Board of Trustees since 1997.

Presidential Politics[edit | hide | edit source]

Balukoff supported Barack Obama in 2008 due to John McCain's choosing of Sarah Palin has his VP pick.[5]

Balukoff supported Mitt Romney in United States presidential election, 2012.[6]

2014 Idaho Gubernatorial Election[edit | hide | edit source]

Balukoff won the Idaho Democratic Party Primary for Governor with 65.3% of the vote against perennial candidate Terry Kerr.[7]

Balukoff lost the 2014 general election to incumbent Butch Otter earning 38.6% of the vote.[8]

He earned some notable Idaho Republican Party members endorsements such has former legislator Steve Smylie [9] and Jerry L. Evans who served as Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1979 to 1995.[10]

Idaho Democratic Party[edit | hide | edit source]

In March 2015 he was elected state party treasurer replacing Susan Eastlake.[11]

Was Idaho Democratic Party national delegation chair which he served has a Bernie Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.[12]

2018 Idaho Gubernatorial Election[edit | hide | edit source]

A.J. is considering a second run. [13]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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  2. "LDS beliefs not vital part of job, Boise trustee says". DeseretNews.com. 1997-12-08. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  3. "162: AJ Balukoff: Mormon Democrat - Mormon Discussion Podcast". Mormon Discussion Podcast. 2015-08-09. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  4. Chronicle, Chris Carlson The Carlson. "Carlson: Balukoff and the LDS Vote". Twin Falls Times-News. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  5. nbrown@magicvalley.com, NATHAN BROWN. "Balukoff: I Voted for Obama in '08, Romney in '12". Twin Falls Times-News. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  6. nbrown@magicvalley.com, NATHAN BROWN. "Balukoff: I Voted for Obama in '08, Romney in '12". Twin Falls Times-News. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
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  9. "GOP's Smylie endorses Democrat A.J. Balukoff over Gov. Butch Otter". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
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  11. "Idaho Dems Choose Leader, AJ Balukoff Elected State Treasurer - Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  12. "IDP Treasurer AJ Balukoff Named National Delegate Committee Chair - Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  13. "Ahlquist makes it official: In campaign for governor, he starts 97-town tour this week". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-05-02.