AJ Balucoff is a Boise businessman. He started an accounting firm and sold it. He bought and sold a chain of athletic clubs and bought a hotel. He owned the Boise athletic arena and its minor league hockey team. He is a fixture in the community and a member of nearly every important community organization. His major community project was the Boise School Board of which he was a member for about two decades. He was a Bernie delegate at the 2016 national Democratic convention. Nevertheless, Balucoff is not a socialist.