Shauneen Grange, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant who managed the start of A.J. Balukoff’s governor’s race has stepped down for personal reasons.
The new campaign manager is Marie Hattaway, who has worked for the Idaho Democratic Party, Senate Democrats and was deputy chief of staff to one-term Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick.
“She will be great,” said Grange, 49, whose campaign wins include Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and voter approval of financing for the College of Western Idaho. Grange and Balukoff are both members of the Boise School Board.
Balukoff, who announced his race in early December, is in Pocatello Wednesday to attend former Sen. Bert Marley’s likely announcement that he’ll challenge GOP Lt. Gov. Brad Little.
Balukoff said he “fully supports” Grange’s decision.
In an email to supporters Monday, Hattaway said the job is “tough work with grueling hours.”
“Yet, it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make, because I believe in AJ,” she wrote. “I have three children who deserve a fair shot. I took this job because I know if AJ wins, he’ll do just what he says: work hard, tell the truth, and put people first.”
Balukoff will face the winner of the May 20 GOP primary, either two-term Gov. Butch Otter or Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher of Meridian.
Hattaway’s campaign email follows:
When I made the decision to run AJ’s race for Governor, it wasn’t an easy one—but it was the right one. Running a campaign is tough work with grueling hours. Yet, it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make, because I believe in AJ.
I have three children who deserve a fair shot. I took this job because I know if AJ wins, he’ll do just what he says: work hard, tell the truth, and put people first. If AJ makes it to the Governor’s office, he’ll make sure my kids–and yours–get the fair shot and education they deserve.
I believe in AJ and his vision for a more prosperous Idaho and a better quality of life for everyone. To win this race though, we need everyone who believes Idaho deserves better to chip in. Will you give $25, $50, $100, or $250 today, Dan?
Your contribution moves this campaign forward. With your help, we will spread our message that Idaho can do better.
Thank you for your support. Together, we’ll make Idaho a better place for everyone.
Marie Hattaway, Campaign Manager
AJ Balukoff for Governor
P.S. AJ is on the road to eastern Idaho this week! If you live in eastern Idaho, click here to read about the opportunities to meet AJ. Come see for yourself why I am enthusiatic about his candidacy!