Important Information on May 15 Democratic Primary



2018 Statewide Candidates

CD1 James Vandermaas
CD1 Michael Smith  
CD1 Christina McNeil  
  A J Balukoff
  Paulette Jordan
Lt. Gov        
  Kristin Collum
  Jim Fabe    
Superintendent of Schools        
  Allen Humble  
  Cindy Wilson
  Jill Humble
  Joseph J.P. Chastain
Attorney General Bruce Bistline    


Jon Glick- Write-in Democratic Candidate for District 8 House Seat A

I am running, as a write-in candidate, for Legislative Dist. 8A because I believe we have lost our moral compass and we need to do better for Idaho.  As an Idahoan of 40 years, and when, for the 7th year, our legislature still deprives 78,000 Idahoans of the basic human right of healthcare it is unjustifiably cruel.  I am co-chair, in McCall, of the Medicaidforidaho ballot initiative that would provide healthcare to this forgotten group.  Over 70% of Idahoans support this effort, yet, our legislature repeatedly and shamefully ignores the will of the people. Healthcare is a Right for ALL, not a privilege for a few.  This chosen inequality and discrimination is unacceptable.  We must do better than this.

When our K-12 education system ranks 48th, teacher pay is 42nd, mental health services are 47th, and overall wages are 50th, we must do better.  Idaho is only 1 of 6 states with no public Pre-K/early childhood education. Kids lacking this necessary head start typically never catch up.  Women deserve the same pay, for the same job, as men.  We must address “Living wages” for Idahoans (men and women).   When 1 in 7 Idahoans are food insecure and 1 in 5 kids live in poverty, this is completely unacceptable. 

As a co-chair, in Valley Co., of the Medicaidforidaho Initiative, it has been my honor to work towards healthcare for All Idahoans.  Gov. Otter’s Medicaid taskforce said Expansion would 1) create 16,000 new jobs, 2) boost the economy, 3) lower employment costs for small and medium businesses, 4) raise productivity of the overall workforce, 5) reduce the strain on county and the state’s medical Indigent Funds while 6) saving the state millions of dollars.  Montana saved $30 million in 2015 when they expanded.  Colorado created 30,000 new jobs and raised their GDP by 1%.   Kentucky created 40,000 jobs.  Twenty-nine studies in 23 states showed increases in jobs, the overall economies as well as state revenues.  Expansion, in Idaho, would generate 5x the total business as our initial investment.  It just makes a lot of sense.  In 2008, the $150 billion “welfare/bailout” check to AIG was more money than we spent on the poor from 1990-2006.  When Kansas tried to expand Medicaid, the Koch Bro’s rose up to kill it saying “it is little more than an expensive entitlement for people who may not be deserving of tax-payer funded benefits.”  (They get $1 billion from the 2017 tax cuts.)  And, yes, ALL Idahoans are entitled to dignity, respect and the basic human right of healthcare.  We must to better for ALL of Idaho.

 I know how much we all value access to our public lands.  I will work to keep our public lands in public hands and open to us all. 

I would appreciate your (write-in) vote on May 15 (as I Need 50 write-in votes to go on to the general election in the fall).  Write in Jon W. Glick in Legislative District 8 State Representative Position A.  We must do better for all Idahoans.


David Bingaman, Democratic Candidate for Valley County Commissioner

Dave has his campaign web page up. Check it out and volunteer for his campaign.

Valley Co. Democratic Caucus- Wednesday, April 18, 6 pm – McCall Golf Course

2016 Valley County Caucus

In the month of April, Idaho Democrats will be holding caucuses in every county in the state of Idaho to elect delegates to the state convention June 29th & 30th in Caldwell, Idaho. Delegates will be voting on and approving the 2018 Party Platform. In Valley County we select four delegates to the state convention.

ELIGIBILITY – All Registered Democrats are welcome!

CONVENTIONS – Delegates/Alternates selected at county-level will attend the State Convention June 29-30, 2018 to create and approve the Idaho Democratic Party 2018 Platform. 

PLEASE Preregister for Valley County Caucus: Click to register

Online Delegate Nomination Form – You can submit your self nomination for delegate prior to caucus or at the caucus. Your nomination will be considered even if you are not present at the caucus. It will be a fun event, meet great dems from around the state and learn together how we can make positive change in Idaho.

State Declaration of Delegate Candidacy Form

Banyans on the Green, 925 Fairway Drive, the new restaurant at the McCall Golf Course will have the bar and grill open for food and drink purchases. Preregistration will help the restaurant staff to prepare for event.

Event will begin at 6 pm, caucus will start at 6:45 pm.


Invited Speakers

David Bingaman, Democratic Candidate for Valley County Commissioner

Jon Glick- Writ-in Democratic Candidate for District 8 House Seat A

Elle Casner, Exec. Dir. Idaho Democratic Party

Saturday, April 14, 11 am

Meet at Rite Aid Pharmacy Cafe

451 Deinhard Lane, McCall

As we enter the final month of our campaign to put Medicaid Expansion on the ballot, we are stronger than ever. To date, an estimated 40,000 valid signatures have been collected for Medicaid Expansion.

That leaves us with 16,000 signatures to collect by May 1st. This is phenomenal. If we keep our momentum alive and growing, we will win. 

Volunteers in Valley County have collected way above our goal of 360 signatures. We have collected 483 estimated valid signatures from Valley Co voters. 6% of all registered voters was our goal but we got 9% of the current registered voters signed. In addition we got a number of signatures from other counties.

Great work by our local team. That went to friends, events and marched and collected signatures at Winter Carnival.

Join us Saturday, April 14 to get health care to 78,000 citizens of idaho.




Tacos and Politics: Saturday, March 17- Noon at Southside Grill, 339 Deinhard Ln, McCall


Mat Erpelding, House Democratic Leader will discuss what’s going on in the Idaho Legislature this year and answer your questions.

A Mexican style lunch will be available for $10.




Dave will run as a Democrat for District 3 which was Frank Eld’s district.

Bill Willey is retiring from this district. Stay tuned

Big Push for Medicaid Expansion Signatures

Dear Supporters of the campaign to Expand Medicaid in Idaho

We are organizing the biggest days of signature collection in Idaho history. 

In McCall, Saturday, March 10th meet in Ridley/ Rite Aid parking lot.

10:00 am – Noon, Noon – 2 pm shifts. We will seek to complete our goal for 6% of Valley Co voter’s signatures. Select your shift. Email Jon Glick to sign up

On Tuesday, March 13th, we believe we can collect over 10,000 signatures. All in a single day.

Tuesday, March 13 there will be school-levy elections in about 40 school districts, including West Ada County, Bonneville County, Lewiston, Twin Falls, Caldwell, Wallace, Orofino, and Grangeville. Our goal is to place volunteers at as many polling stations as possible, and to capture as many signatures as we can.

March 13 Find a location near you and sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here: We especially need people in Boise/Meridian that day.

If we pull this off, the victory will be HUGE: We’ll complete our “distribution requirement” of 6% of signatures from 18 different districts, and we’ll be well on our way to our 56,000 statewide total.

Meet and Greet: A.J. Balukoff Democratic Candidate for Governor.

Wednesday, Feb. 28th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Hotel McCall Library Room,
1101 North Third St., McCall


I’m really looking forward to traveling through Valley County and getting the chance to meet with you one-on-one. I’ve been meeting with people all over the state talking about the vital need to improve our education system, expand Medicaid so thousands of working families, children and veterans can get coverage, and protecting access to our public lands.

I know that last issue really hits home in Valley County where a couple of Texas billionaires are locking people out of land that used to be accessible to hunters and others. As a lifetime sportsman, I know how much you all value access to our public lands. I will fight to keep them open to us all.
I would love to sit down with you and talk about whatever issues concern you the most – even if it’s not politics. I hope to see you there.

A.J. Balukoff

Refreshments will be served. 

More info

March for Medicaid Expansion- Winter Carnival Parade- Sat. Jan 27

Medicaid Expansion Van

Join the McCall Medicaid Expansion Team, Saturday, January 27 at the Winter Carnival Parade. We will be walking behind the Medicaid Expansion Van and handing out candy to the crowd. After the parade we will assemble and get signatures for the next hour. You can volunteer for both or just one activity.
Parade: Meet at 10:45 am at McCall-Donnelly High School (Corner Stibnite & Mission). Look for our Van.
Signature Gathering: Meet at 1:15 pm at the Van in Parking Lot across from Foglifter. We will gathering signatures for an hour. 
78,000 Idahoans—most of whom belong to working families—fall into the so-called “Medicaid gap” and have been denied access to affordable healthcare. 64 percent of Idahoans say they are disappointed with the failure of the Idaho Legislature to address this issue, and 70 percent of Idahoans say that they favor closing the Medicaid gap.
You can make a difference just by joining our effort to get on the ballot. Please join us. Get petitions at and follow instructions. Contact us to turn in completed petitions. 
Bill Thomas
Jon Glick
McCall Medicaid Expansion Team
Save the Date: Saturday March 17- Pizza and Politics. Democratic Legislators speak on what is happening at the Capital and answer your questions. 

Opportunties to get involved.

Get Active, Be a Valley Democratic Party Precint Captain.

We have 8 precincts in our county. As a precinct captain, you will organize a team of Democrats from your community to communicate the values, principles, and policies that make us all proud members of the Idaho Democratic Party. It is a great place to start to become active to help change the county, state and the country.

Precinct captains are elected in the May 15th primary election. Contact us a valleycountydems@gmail to get info. March 9 is the last day to file for election. You must be a registered as a Democratic to be a Democratic precinct captain.

Valley County Commissioner Race for four year seat is open this November.

The district seat that is open is the seat currently held by Bill Willey which is the area east for Rt. 55, north part of county. If you are a Democratic that is interested in running for the seat, please contact us at valleycountydems@ gmail. This is the same seat that Frank Eld held in the past. March 9th is the deadline for filing.

Help Get Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot

78,000 Idahoans—most of whom belong to working families—fall into the so-called “Medicaid gap” and have been denied access to affordable healthcare. 64 percent of Idahoans say they are disappointed with the failure of the Idaho Legislature to address this issue, and 70 percent of Idahoans say that they favor closing the Medicaid gap.

Valley County United Against Hate: Thursday August 17- 5 pm at Veteran’s Statue, 3rd St. McCall

This will be a peaceful coming together to demonstrate that we stand united against racism, bigotry and hatred towards all people! Come whenever you’d like. This is part of a nationwide demonstration in support of Charlottesville.
Brings signs if you’d like, banners, anything showing you are against what is going on in our country. Remember, this is a PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION!!