Frequently Asked Questions


What is an unaffiliated candidate?

An unaffiliated candidate is one of the five registrations a candidate chooses in a federal election. 

The five ways are as follows 1. Republican 2. Democrat 3. Libertarian 4. Constitution 5. Unaffiliated or a voter can write in an individual’s name. 

Over 31% of voters in Idaho are registered as unaffiliated independent. The second largest group. 


What does “Independent Conservative” mean?

This term refers to conservative candidates who, for a variety of reasons, choose not to run as traditional Republicans. 


Why are you running as an Unaffiliated - Independent Conservative?

There are 5 reasons why I am running this way: 

  1. My opponent, career politician Mike Crapo, has considerable name recognition as well as over 5 million dollars in his campaign coffers, 98% of which comes from out of state. 
  2. If I were to run now as a Republican candidate, I would lose in the May 17th primary due to lack of name recognition and lack of funds. I am not in this race to lose. I need more time and money to effectively compete against a 30+ year career politician. 
  3. Running as an unaffiliated Independent Conservative candidate means that I do not have a May 17th primary, this gives me more time to spread my message and gather contributions. 
  4. Including “Conservative” in my brand is a way to assure Idaho voters that my background is that of a true, lifelong America First Patriot. Without this association it would be difficult to win the race as an Independent. 
  5. The Republican party bosses would never support a challenger to an incumbent. They are perfectly happy with the status quo, good old boy system. Are you? 

Will I have to switch parties to vote for you?

No, you will not need to change your voter registration to vote for me. You may vote for any candidate listed on the general election ballot next November. I will not be on the May 17th ballot but not to worry, I will still be in the race!


Will your candidacy "split the party" thus giving a democrat a victory?

This is my perspective: By joining the race for Senate, I am giving Idahoans an option to vote for a true conservative. This is a new option the voters don’t currently have, but are hungry for. Currently voters in Idaho are faced with voting for:

A: a socialist democrat or

B: Senator Mike Crapo that has become a RiNO party politician. He has started voting alongside Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and has lost both touch and favor with true conservatives. Democrats will not pick up conservatives and will most likely receive only 30 to 31% of the vote no matter who they run. I am planning on picking up no less than 36% of the state's voters. By securing these voters Idaho will be represented once again by a true conservative – Scott “Oh” Cleveland. 


How does a voter trust that you are a “true” conservative?

I would love to speak with your group. If possible, I also suggest you visit with anyone who knows me well. You may request a reference list by sending an email to [email protected]. I also founded the Treasure Valley Council of Patriots - TVCOP. Lastly, you may want to review my profile on the Ballotpedia website at https://ballotpedia.org/Scott_Cleveland. I am not a "CINO"  (Conservative iName Only). 


Do you support term limits for congress?

I fully support an amendment to the United States Constitution that would require term limits for all members of congress. I plan to personally sponsor this bill when elected. My proposed limits would be as follows: 

1. Each United States Senator would serve no more than two full six-year terms per lifetime. In addition, I would also support an upper age limit to hold this office. We have a minimum age requirement already. 

2. Each United States House member would serve no more than three, four-year terms per lifetime. The current two-year term cycles are too short and should be extended. 


Do you oppose abortion?

I oppose abortion, especially as a form of birth control. 


Where do you stand on education?

I support school choice and parents having a direct say in the curriculum. CRT and similar propaganda should not be allowed.


Where do you stand on guns and the second amendment?

The right to self-defense is given to all humans from God. As a nation founded by Christians, this right is enshrined in our founding documents and shall not be infringed. I also love to spend time at the range. I have a well-balanced collection of legal firearms and have a carry permit. 


What are your thoughts about gay rights?

I am not opposed to same sex couples or marriage. I am fully aware of the scriptures and that homosexuality is not condoned biblically speaking. Living in this modern world, I do not mind gay people and their rights to live and love as they see fit. My tolerance only goes so far. I don’t like gay pride being shoved in my face. When gay rights activists start indoctrinating children and asking for special treatment, I draw the line. Men are men and women are women. We should all remember that and stay in our designated restrooms and sports leagues. 


Where did your nickname “Oh” come from?

I have been a leader all of my life. Whenever I come up with a new idea, plan, or strategy it is usually met with one or more of the following responses. 

1. Oh yea! 

2. Oh NO! 

3. Oh my God. 

4. Oh crap 

5. Oh, you can’t do that! 

6. Oh boy! 

Over time I adopted “Oh” and it works well for many new endeavors - including running for office. 


How can we follow or help the Cleveland for Senate Campaign?

You may do any of the following directly from this website (except of course voting for me): 

  1. Volunteer to help the campaign. 
  2. Donate money to help us increase awareness. 
  3. Host an event. 
  4. Receive updates via text, email, or both. 
  5. Request a visit or interview for your group.


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  • Elle Phillips
    published this page 2022-03-29 14:32:27 -0600