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A.J. Balukoff

A candidate for Governor, State of Idaho in the 2014 Nov. 4 Idaho General Election

Party: Democratic

City: Boise, Idaho

Occupation: Business owner

Businessman, retired CPA, and longtime chairman of the Boise School Board. Former owner of a large CPA firm and a chain of athletic clubs, Balukoff is part of the ownership groups of Boise’s Grove Hotel, the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, Century Link Arena, downtown office buildings and more. He was first elected to the Boise School Board in 1997; it oversees one of the highest performing school districts in the state. Active in civic and charitable efforts, Balukoff is the former bishop of his LDS church ward.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Butch Otter (R) 235,293 53.53 %
A.J. Balukoff (D) 169,491 38.56 %
John T. Bujak (L) 17,878 4.07 %
Jill Humble (I) 8,791 2 %
Steve Pankey (C) 5,216 1.19 %
Pro-Life (formerly known as Marvin Richardson) (I) 2,866 0.65 %

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