By Lyndsie Kiebert
Bonner County District 1 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw announced his run for Idaho governor July 27, sharing his deeply conservative platform in a media release.
“Biden’s radical federal regime wants to run roughshod over the sovereignty of Idaho, and the freedom of Idahoans,” Bradshaw stated. “Washington DC technocrats want to dictate every detail of how we live our lives. But their ‘one size fits all’ Washington DC solutions just don’t work here. So I am never going to allow that to happen.”
Bradshaw went on to list several hypothetical scenarios he would not allow in Idaho should he be elected governor, such as being “masked against our will” and “vaccinated against our will.” Bradshaw expressed anti-trans and pro-Second Amendment sentiments, and noted that under his leadership in Idaho, “no one will teach our kids that America is an illegitimate nation founded in evil when we all know that America is the best hope for the future of all mankind.”
“We will not deem patriots as ‘domestic’ terrorists, nor will we deem a political gathering an ‘insurrection,’” Bradshaw stated, referring to the violent Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol following a pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally based on false claims challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
When the Reader asked Bradshaw if he condoned the actions of those who stormed the Capitol, he said: “I in no way support any illegal actions or violence, however I do support the right to ‘peaceful’ protest and freedom of speech.”
Bradshaw’s campaign — dubbed the “R.O.A.R” or “Restore Our American Republic” campaign — is focused on protecting Idaho from the “radical Biden regime’s overreach from the DC swamp” and joins a May 2022 Republican primary field that already includes incumbent Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is seeking to replace Little in the top office.
A campaign finance profile of Bradshaw’s gubernatorial run, created July 26, is accessible on the Idaho secretary of state’s website (sos.idaho.gov/elections-division/campaign-finance-filing) and lists Craig Campo as treasurer.
“We face a time where we need to search our souls, and determine what we value, and what we will fight to protect,” Bradsaw said. “The challenges are significant, and our response must be decisive. We simply can’t leave it to your average politicians to handle. No one has ever accused me of being the average politician. But, I have heard the call to battle, and I am answering it.”
Bradshaw, the pastor at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, was elected to the board of county commissioners in 2018, and earned re-election in 2020.
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