My name is Travis Oler, and I am a 2022 candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives for Bingham County, Legislative District 31, Seat B.
I am a 49-year-old US Army veteran who grew up in Bingham County on a family farm and graduated from Shelley High School in 1989.
I am currently a small business owner and family farm manager. I split my time between managing the family farm in Shelley, Idaho, and running my Internet marketing business.
I am supporting the farmers’ Right to Repair bill, and I have promised Bingham County’s farmers that I will fight tooth and nail to get it fixed and passed. My opponent, Julianne Young, voted in committee to kill the farmers’ Right to Repair bill. Julianne is no friend to Idaho’s farmers, which is why the local Bingham County Farm Bureau Board endorsed Julianne’s opponent during the Republican Primary in May of 2020.
You can read more about farmers’ Right to Repair in the guest column I wrote that was published by the Post Register on July 31, 2020: https://www.postregister.com/opinion/guest_column/right-to-repair.html.
In addition to highlighting Julianne Young’s opposition to farmers’ Right to Repair, I have been exposing Julianne Young’s baseless global conspiracy theories. For years as part of the Freedom First Society, an off-shoot of the wacky John Birch Society, Julianne has accused our Bingham County local government officials of being part of a global conspiracy.
Julianne’s false global conspiracy accusations have been deeply divisive and have hurt a lot of people in Bingham County who are working tirelessly to make our county a better place to live.
After Julianne Young won her Republican primary in 2020 by less than 300 votes, several prominent Republicans in Bingham County reached out to me to offer their support. They are tired of Julianne and want her gone. If elected, I will work with other Bingham County officials—not against them, as Julianne has done.
My common-sense platform has generated bipartisan support, and my campaign is gaining momentum. We need more common sense in Bingham County, not Julianne’s baseless conspiracy nonsense!
What will Travis Oler do for Bingham County?
Travis will fight to REDUCE all Bingham County homeowners’ future property taxes.
Travis supports an increase to the homestead exemption and supports legislation that cuts property taxes for ALL Bingham County homesteads. No exceptions!!
Travis will fight for the farmers’ Right to Repair bill.
Sometimes farmers are restricted in their options to get their tractors and other equipment repaired, causing unnecessary delays and crop damage during critical planting and harvesting seasons. Simply put, Right to Repair is what’s fair for farmers and will help Idaho’s economy grow faster!
Travis will bring decency back to Bingham County.
Julianne Young has repeatedly lied when she said our local government officials and county commissioners are trained to be part of a global conspiracy!
Julianne Young’s baseless global conspiracy gossip and false accusations have divided Bingham County and hurt our local government officials who work hard for Bingham County every day. This nonsense needs to end now!
Travis will support adequate funding for education so that Bingham County can have GOOD SCHOOLS.
Only 9 out of 105 legislators, including Julianne Young, voted against 2019 House Bill 153, which raised starting teacher minimum salary to $40k/year. We can’t have good schools in Bingham County if we don’t pay teachers a livable wage!
Travis will support law enforcement and first responders.
Travis will sponsor legislation similar to Georgia House Bill 838 that makes it illegal to harass and intimidate police officers and other first responders. That way Ammon Bundy and other Idaho Freedom Foundation supporters can be sent to jail if they seek to harass and intimidate the police.
Who is Julianne Young?
Leader of the Freedom First Society
Although she has tried to hide from this, for years Julianne Young has carefully developed a cult-like following in Bingham County as a leader of a global conspiracy group, the wacky Freedom First Society, an offshoot of the long-discredited John Birch Society.
Global Conspiracy Accusations
See Julianne’s conspiracy videos on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEVildv5wucIJpn77ua-zPw .
Julianne Young has repeatedly accused our Bingham County local government officials of being trained to be part of a global conspiracy. Julianne’s false accusations have divided our county while creating a large group of followers and volunteers who push her baseless global conspiracy theories.
Idaho Freedom Foundation Puppet
Julianne Young has received thousands of dollars in contributions from board members of the radical libertarian Idaho Freedom Foundation and tens of thousands of dollars in donations and advertising support from out-of-area and out-of-state allies connected to the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Julianne needed to spend twice as much in the 2020 Republican primary in order to win by less than 300 votes! Julianne knows she is dependent on out-of-county support connected to the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
Tom Loertscher, a Republican legislator for 20+ years, said in the Post Register on April 30, 2020, “The Idaho Freedom Foundation is not conservatism. It is actually something else that is disguised as conservatism . . . They’re preaching anarchy at every level and that is a sad thing.”
Frank VanderSloot, the richest man in Idaho and a top Republican donor, in an interview posted on April 27, 2020, with East Idaho News has called the politicians allied with the Idaho Freedom Foundation a bunch of “wingnuts.”
Julianne Young followed the Idaho Freedom Foundation by voting AGAINST 2020 House Bill 452, farmers’ Right to Repair, voting AGAINST 2020 House Bill 515, which ended high attorney fees on medical debt collection, voting AGAINST 2020 House Bill 538, which restricted vaping device access for teens, and voting FOR 2020 House Bill 455, to limit the mandatory reporting of child abuse.
Bingham County voters deserve a state representative who will listen to them and vote for bills that will help Bingham County families.
Please vote for Travis Oler and against Julianne Young in the 2022 election for Bingham County’s Idaho State Representative for Seat 31B.
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The Idaho Freedom Foundation opposed HB 452, the farmers’ Right to Repair bill, which was designed to help Idaho farmers get their tractors, grain combines, and other critical equipment fixed in a timely and cost-effective manner. Idaho drivers enjoy the right to take their vehicles to the repair place of their choice, but under current laws, Idaho farmers sometimes do not have the same rights. Sometimes Idaho farmers are forced to repair their farm equipment only at the manufacturer’s dealership.
I served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 2004, and for years I have been a volunteer adult leader and merit badge counselor for local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America.
My experiences with the U.S. Army and the Boy Scouts of America inform the opinions I hold today as a candidate for public office.
My favorite 1st Class requirement of the Boy Scouts of America instructs the scouts to “discuss . . . the constitutional rights and obligations of a U.S. citizen.”
We as U.S. citizens have constitutional rights, but we also have constitutional obligations. There are people in this country who like to talk about their constitutional rights but who forget their constitutional duties. But I am confident that my former scouts will not be among that number that forget or ignore their constitutional duties.
Over and over again, I would emphasize to the scouts in my care that freedom is not free, that if they enjoyed any right it was because someone else had sacrificed for that right or someone else had fulfilled their constitutional obligations in order to provide that right to them.
With the scouts watching, I would draw two columns on a chalk board, one labeled Rights and the other labeled Duties (or Obligations). For each and every right there would be a least one corresponding duty.
For example, we cannot obtain our right to a jury trial if no one is required to serve on the jury. The scouts would be amazed that all 12 jury members unanimously must declare a person guilty. The scouts would also be amazed to learn that they could be sent to prison if they refused to serve on a jury without a valid excuse--that was how important it is for a constitutional obligation to be fulfilled.
The scouts and I would discuss our rights as U.S. citizens to the pursuit of happiness and peaceable enjoyment of our property. But in the other column under Duties I would list the corresponding duty to obey the laws of the land and the duty for the 11-year-old boys to register for the Selective Service when they turned 18. For the large majority of boys, our discussion was the first time in their lives that they learned that they might be required to serve in the military and sacrifice their lives if their country needed them.
On this Memorial Day, I suggest to you that sacrificing to fulfill our constitutional obligations is what provides to ourselves and others the rights we all enjoy as U.S. citizens.
For example, although no one is legally obligated to run for public office, if elections remain consistently uncontested, then the right to vote has been largely taken away.
I am the first Democrat in the last 8 years to campaign for the Idaho state legislature in Bingham County. For the first time since 2012, when they go to the polls during a general election in November, the voters in Bingham County will be able to exercise their right to choose which one of two candidates they prefer to represent them in the Idaho legislature.
While I am not LEGALLY obligated to campaign for the Idaho legislature, I definitely feel MORALLY obligated to do so in order to provide the voters of Bingham County a more complete right to vote during the general election this November.
I am running to represent the voters of Bingham County, not to represent organizations with headquarters in Boise or Colorado or North Carolina or DC, etc. Over the course of the next several months if you come to believe that, I hope I can count on your vote in November.
The Post Register interviewed US Senate candidate Travis Oler in the grain field on the tractor for the official start of his campaign.