Gini Ballou elected president of Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus

The following article was published in the Idaho Mountain Express on May 16, 2018:

Gini Ballou

Gini Ballou of Hailey was elected president of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus’ at the group’s annual meeting in Boise following the Frank & Bethine Church Gala on March 10 in Boise.

“I am honored to be elected and excited about the races and work we have coming up,” Ballou said. “We have some great candidates, though it really should be about the issues and not the initials.”

Ballou has been vice president of the caucus since 2009 and was a Sanders delegate alternate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She served on the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission and was chair of the Blaine County Chapter of Mothers of the Military during the Second Gulf War, co-chair of Blaine County for Obama in 2008 and chair of the Blaine County Democrats from 2009 to 2013, and is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association.

According to Ballou, the caucus is a forum for Idaho Democratic women to focus on issues of concern, to increase the involvement of women in the Democratic Party, to contribute to and to work for Democratic candidates and to encourage and prepare more women to run for public office. Founding members include former House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, a resident of Ketchum. The caucus is recognized as the Idaho chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

The link to the original article is here.

2018 Clint Stennett Social in Blaine County

The Blaine County Democrats are gearing up for their annual Clint Stennett Social, which will help raise money to fund a Democratic headquarters this election cycle. Join them for conversation and cocktails and enjoy some yummy food.

The event will be held on Friday, May 4, starting at 6 p.m. at The Valley Club north of Hailey. The event will offer an opportunity for voters and the public to meet Democratic candidates who will be running in 2018.

The cost is $50 per person, and $30 for people under 30. All proceeds will benefit renting the headquarters, which will provide a central spot for our party’s November 2018 election activities.

The event is named after Clint Stennett, a longtime legislator who represented Blaine County in the Idaho Senate. Stennett died in 2010, and was replaced by his wife, current Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum. Clint Stennett faithfully represented Blaine County in the Senate for almost 20 years.

You can buy tickets using Eventbrite or by contacting their organization’s chair via email or by phone at 208-309-0350.

2018 Richard Stallings Banquet

The Bannock County Democrats are proud to announce that the 2018 Richards Stallings Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the ISU Student Union Building.

This event is a great opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for state, legislative, and county positions. Our featured speakers will be two of the Democratic candidates for Governor of Idaho — Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff! It will be a great chance to meet fellow Democrats and learn about our plans for the upcoming May and November elections.

Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets can be bought online at Eventbrite or in person at 1509 N. Arthur Ave. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the workweek.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization by phone at (208) 234-8908 or via email at

2018 IDWC Annual Meeting Concludes

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus would like to thank all of the attendees who came to our recent Breakfast Meeting in Boise held last month. We had an amazing turnout filled with lots of fresh faces that are excited to help our organization accomplish our goals.

Barbara Harris

We would like to express our overwhelming appreciation and gratitude to our beloved President, Barbara Harris, who stepped down from her position at the recent meeting. We shall miss her wonderful leadership has kept our organization accomplish many goals and become a solid partner in electing Democratic Women into public office. She plans on spending more time with her grandchildren and continuing her involvement with the IDWC.

AJ Balukoff

We express our appreciation to our wonderful keynote speakers who energized the audience and showed us why we are proud to be a Democrat in Idaho. Our first speaker, AJ Balukoff, is a successful businessman who has created and managed multiple businesses in the Treasure Valley Area. He has been a Boise School District Trustee since 1997 and is a strong advocate for public education.  His gubernatorial campaign is focused on education, healthcare, public lands, and the gender pay gap.

Paulette Jordan

Our second speaker, Paulette Jordan, has served in the Idaho House of Representatives from District 5 from 2014 to 2018. She is a native Idahoan who is seeking to become the nation’s first indigenous Governor and Idaho’s first female Governor if elected. She believes in investing in public education at all levels, closing the coverage gap via Medicaid expansion, repairing our state’s deteriorating infrastructure, and creating a livable wage for all Idaho workers.

Kristin Collum

We had a last-minute addition to the program when Idaho Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kristin Collum speak to the audience. The Boise resident is a U.S. Army veteran and tech leader at Sensus, which is a small private energy company. Kristin, a mother of four children, believes in being a progressive voice for all Idahoans, especially women, children, and minorities. Her campaign is focused on ensuring that affordable and accessible healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.

Kristi Milan

The Dottie Stimpson Award winner for 2018 is Kristi Milan from Kootenai County. Milan is a 20-year resident of Kootenai County and a retired middle school teacher from the Coeur d’Alene School District. She is the Kootenai County Democratic Legislative District 4 Vice Chair and a strong Democrat who ran for public office in 2016. Her dedication to the Idaho Democratic Party is incredible and she even performed in the Sister Act Theater Night to raise money for the Kootenai County Democrats. Her enthusiasm and willingness to lend a hand makes her this year’s winner.

Colette Raptosh

The Young Distinguished Woman Award winner for 2018 is Colette Raptosh from Boise. She is a 17-year old high school student who was one of the primary organizers for the 2017 & 2018 Women’s March on Idaho in Boise. She was also a student organizer for the recent “March for Our Lives” held on the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise. Additionally, she is the co-founder of People for Unity, an organization dedicated to bringing our community together in order to make progress in creating intergenerational connections and work towards common goals. Her advocacy and accomplishments make her this year’s winner.

Finally, we would like to thank our new Executive Board Members for their willingness to step up and try to make a difference. Our new President is Gini Ballou, who was the IDWC Vice President. The new IDWC Vice President is Tamara Code, who was the IDWC Region 4 Director. The New Region 2 Director is Melanie Wolf and the New Region 4 Director is Jennifer Martinez. Region’s 6 Director, Linda Leeuwrik, was re-elected at the meeting. The Region 1 Director position, which was previously vacant, is this year’s Dottie Stimpson Award winner Kristi Milan.