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Balukoff considers running again for Idaho governor

Republican Incumbent Butch Otter, right, and Democratic Challenger AJ Balukoff laugh as they compliment each other’s ties after the gubernatorial debate hosted by the City Club of Idaho Falls at the Idaho State University Bennion Student Union Building Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (Pat Sutphin / Idaho Post-Register)
Republican Incumbent Butch Otter, right, and Democratic Challenger AJ Balukoff laugh as they compliment each other’s ties after the gubernatorial debate hosted by the City Club of Idaho Falls at the Idaho State University Bennion Student Union Building Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (Pat Sutphin / Idaho Post-Register)

Otter has said he won’t seek reelection next year.

Balukoff, 71, said he’s willing to launch another campaign, but his wife is unsure. He plans on making a final decision this fall.

“It’s something I would like to do, but I’m not going to do it without my wife’s support, that’s key,” Balukoff said. “I think I would have a better chance this time than when I ran against a popular incumbent.”

The outcome in the 2014 race wasn’t a surprise in Republican-leaning Idaho, where all seven statewide elected officials have hailed from the GOP since 2006.

Balukoff is a trustee on the Boise School Board – the state’s second-largest school district – as well as an accountant and businessman who co-owns Boise’s Grove Hotel along with CenturyLink Arena and the Idaho Steelheads minor league hockey team. Full story.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.