Wednesday politics roundup: waiting game

A couple of quick (and inconclusive) election items for a Wednesday:

AJ Balukoff. Is the 16-year Boise School Board veteran planning to run against Gov. Butch Otter?

Balukoff hasn’t decided. And before he does make an announcement, probably sometime in mid-November, he’s going goose hunting in Canada.

“It’ll be peaceful and (my wife) Susie and I will have had plenty of discussion by then,” Balukoff told the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey. “I’ll come back and be ready to make a decision one way or another.”

Balukoff tells Popkey that his wife has “yellow-lighted” the idea of a run.

Balukoff’s name has been in the rumor mill for months as a prospective Democratic challenger to Otter, who is expected to seek a third term in November.

Ben Ysursa. On Tuesday, the three-term secretary of state said he has missed his own self-imposed deadline for deciding whether to run for re-election.
But that doesn’t mean he has an announcement, at least not yet. If Ysursa runs, he could face a GOP primary challenge from state Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale, a former Idaho House speaker.
According to the Associated Press: “Among Ysursa’s potential considerations for running is whether his traditional faction of the GOP can field a strong candidate to face the more-conservative Denney in the May 2014 Republican primary.”
The secretary of state is Idaho’s chief elections official, among other duties. But the office also carries a seat on the state Land Board, which manages state lands on behalf of several endowment beneficiaries, including public schools.
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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