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BOISE -- Democrat A.J. Balukoff officially filed paperwork at the Statehouse Thursday to run for Idaho governor.

A businessman and school board member, Balukoff is focusing his platform on economic and education issues.

Education and our economy go hand in hand, Balukoff said at press conference on the Statehouse steps. Idaho's economic recovery will remain lackluster if we fail to invest in our education system and support working class people.

Balukoff also talked about the importance of transparency and accountability in government.

I will run my campaign the same way I will run the governor's office, he said. I promise to tell the truth, and to put people first.

Balukoff is the Boise School Board chairman, an accountant, and businessman who with others owns Boise's Grove Hotel, the CenturyLink Arena and the Idaho Steelheads hockey team.

As of Thursday afternoon, eight candidates had filed to run for governor.

Other candidates are: Republican Harley Brown, Republican Russ Fulcher, Independent Jill Humble, Democrat Terry Kerr, Republican (Incumbent) C.L. Butch Otter, Libertarian Party candidate John Bujak, and Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey.

Friday is the deadline to file to run for state office this year.

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