Election Central

Balukoff names new campaign manager, ex-Minnick aide Hattaway

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.

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Hattaway, 38, took over late last month.

“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.

Did you see AJ’s email last Wednesday asking for your support? If you haven’t had a chance to give yet, will you do that now?

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.

Best,

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!

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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