Boise School Board Chairman and businessman A.J. Balukoff is expected to announce Tuesday he's running for governor of Idaho. The Idaho Democratic Party says Balukoff will make his announcement at Hillcrest Elementary School Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., however, a press release was leaked from at least two Facebook pages that confirmed Balukoff's gubernatorial bid.
Democratic Party spokesman Dean Ferguson says he is aware of that leaked information, but says it's an internal issue he can't comment on. Ferguson says Balukoff has made no official announcement yet.
More than 30 Democrats from Idaho are in North Carolina this week for the Democratic National Convention. Sixty-seven-year-old Jim Fletcher is among them. This is his second convention, though he says he’s been involved in politics for more than 40 years. Fletcher works as an administrator at Idaho State University in Pocatello. We caught up with him on his cell phone during a break in the activities in Charlotte.
Q: How has the atmosphere in Charlotte this week compared to that in Denver four years ago?
Now that the Idaho Republican Party has opted for a closed primary, voters will encounter some big changes at the polling booth. Elections officials are trying to explain the new format to the public, and prepare workers for questions on voting day. Lots of questions.
Helen Robins is gearing up for Election Day. She’s petite, energetic, and she laughs a lot. She’s been a poll worker and a Chief Judge, that’s the person in charge at a precinct. “I think I’ve seen it all…”
When you vote in the primary next Tuesday, you must, for the first time, register for a political party. That’s after the Idaho Republican Party sued the state for the right to close its primary. The GOP argued party faithful, not crossover Democrats, should pick Republican candidates.