© 2012 Idaho Press-Tribune
CALDWELL — Caldwell Libertarian Rob Oates announced Monday he has entered the race for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.
Oates said he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, eliminate several federal government agencies and reduce the deficit.
The incumbent 1st District congressman from Idaho is Republican Raul Labrador.
Oates, 55, served on the City Council from 2004 to 2009. In 2009 the city hired him to act as manager of the Caldwell Airport, a job he still has.
Oates would eliminate the Transportation Security Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, among other federal organizations, he said. His priority would be to reduce the deficit, an action he said would stimulate the economy.
Oates is an Idaho native who has served four years as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Idaho.
“Regardless of who is in charge, we end up with a bigger government and we’re digging ourselves a bigger debt hole,” Oates said about the Republican and Democratic parties. “Neither party seems to be very enthusiastic about reining in spending.”
Oates said he hopes he can raise enough money to be a viable candidate. He said as a Republican there’s only so much a Congressman can accomplish because he is beholden to the party establishment.
“The climate is right this year for people who are not of the Republican or Democrat persuasion to make some inroads and compete,” Oates said.