Gubernatorial Candidate A.J. Balukoff Lists Education, Healthcare as Top Priorities
LEWISTON, ID —
As the 2018 election draws closer, another candidate for Idaho governor is visiting our area. A.J. Balukoff is a familiar face to Idaho voters; he ran for governor back in 2014, losing to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Balukoff says he gained some experience in that first bid for office and is trying to visit with more of Idaho's public this time around.
He has 21 years on the Boise school board and around 12 years on the hospital board of St. Lukes in Boise, and lists education and healthcare as his top priorities.
Balukoff says, "Those are the two most important issue facing Idaho right now is providing that general uniform and thorough system of public schools that our constitution calls for, and improving access to healthcare. That would start with Medicaid expansion, but really go beyond that. We are 49th in the nation in doctors per capita."
Balukoff is also a proponent of protecting access to public lands and says inequality in the workplace is also a big issue facing Idahoans. He supports equal pay for equal work for men and women.