Julie Fry

Candidate for County Clerk

I have been a resident of Latah County since I came to college at the U of I in 1989. I met my husband, James Fry, at U of I and earned my B.S. Accounting degree in 1995. I was the Troy Deputy Clerk and Interim City Clerk in 1996/1997. I left the City of Troy job to be a stay-at-home Mom. I started an accounting business at home and was able to connect with many small businesses in the area. This time in life also enabled me to be involved with a lot of volunteer activities. We raised 4 amazing children who are now 22 – 29. When my youngest child graduated from high school in 2018, I got a full-time job at the City of Moscow as their Treasury Manager. This job has provided me vast knowledge into governmental accounting. What else is there to know about me? I love animals, hiking, landscaping, planning weddings, and most of all just being with my family.

Customer Service

The motto of my business for the last 25 years has been, “Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The first step to making people feel valued is to be kind, second is to listen, and the third is to solve the issue promptly with follow up. Government is funded by the people and so it should be focused around serving the needs of the people. As your next County Clerk, I will instill a culture of excellent customer service that will be delivered in the areas of the county’s payroll, management of accounts receivables and payables, preparation of the county’s annual budget, voter registration, organization of county, state and national elections, and lastly recording of documents associated with property, marriage license applications, and U.S. Passports.

Voting Matters

The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right. People want to be assured that their vote matters and we that we have a system in place to verify one-citizen, one-vote. Voting is how we guarantee that government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people. In order to keep the trust in our election system we need to have a completely transparent election process from start to finish in which fraud can be easily detected. Americans need and deserve a system in which it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. The voter rolls must also be cleaned and purged regularly so that illegitimate voters do not cancel out valid voters.

Elections should only be funded by taxpayer funds. Outside grants should never be taken, even if the intention seems good, since it could give the impression of impartiality.

I would like to implement voter education in partnership with senior government classes throughout our county. It is important for our upcoming new voters to understand the value of their vote and also how to register to vote, changing a voter registration when moving, or how to vote absentee when away.

County Finances

Government is financed by taxing its citizens, so therefore, I support true government transparency that allows the public to review all government collections, expenditures, contracts, budgets, and audits online. I believe the size and cost of government should be reduced. The government needs to to be able to provide the best service using the least amount of resources as possible. I would like to implement the OpenGov Platform for Latah County. This platform is simple to understand, would help with the budget process, and improve the accounting system. The City of Lewiston and the State of Idaho use OpenGov if you would like to look at this platform more in depth.

Why are you seeking the elected office of the Clerk of the District Court?

I want to maintain the Election Integrity in Latah County and also focus on keeping clean voter rolls. The second thing I will be targeting is Fiscal transparency. I believe it is paramount that the citizens of the County understand the money flowing in and out of Latah County.

The Clerk has the privilege of hiring as many deputies as necessary for the prompt discharge of your many duties. What criteria will you use to determine who to hire?

The first thing I would consider would be what personal do we need to accomplish our duties efficiently. There is nothing worse than for employees to be underworked or overworked which is a fine line that managers must be able to decipher. I would always err on the side of people being temporally overworked and being compensated via Overtime or Paid Time Off. Temporary workers can fill the need during times of high demand. When determining who to hire the criteria I would use is as follows: 1) Do they have the education or experience for the job duties 2) Determine if the person would be a good fit into the current work culture 3) Someone who has a desire to provide exceptional customer service to the Citizens of Latah County

Describe your qualifications for this multifaceted position.

I feel I am very qualified to meet the needs of the Clerk of the District Court. I have 25+ years in the accounting field and I have been working in the Governmental Accounting Field for the past 3 1/2 years dealing with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Governmental Reporting, Budgeting, Auditing, Debt Service and, General Ledger Balancing. Throughout the past 25 years I have worked with a number of small businesses that have perfected my skills dealing with both internal and external customer service needs. All individuals who we serve should walk away feeling like their needs have been met. I feel I am very qualified to meet the needs of the Clerk of the District Court. I have 25+ years in the accounting field and I have been working in the Governmental Accounting Field for the past 3 1/2 years dealing with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Governmental Reporting, Budgeting, Auditing, Debt Service, payroll, and General Ledger Balancing. Throughout the past 25 years I have worked with a number of small businesses that have perfected my skills dealing with both internal and external customer service needs. All individuals who we serve should walk away feeling like their needs have been met.

What will be the most challenging part of this job?

The most challenging part of this job will be learning the different aspects of the job that I didn’t realize existed. I have no doubt that I will be able to overcome this obstacle by listening and learning from those who perform the different job tasks daily.

If elected, what is your plan to prioritize work and build a cohesive team among staff to serve Latah residents?

I would prioritize work based on the cyclical nature of governmental requirements. I would also hold weekly planning meetings so we could all assess together upcoming tasks. The best way to build a team is to lead by example and keep the same expectations for your staff that you are holding yourself too. My #1 goal is to leave people better off after they have known me then before they met me. I serve with a Servant Leader mentality – which is to always make people better. The goal of our office will be to provide superior internal and external customer service.

Would you support representatives from local political parties being present during the calibration process of the tabulating machines?

I would absolutely welcome all parties during the calibration process. I think free and fair elections are shown through an open transparent election process. Election integrity is proven through a system where nothing is hidden and every aspect from start to finish is completely open.

What is your vision and approach to enhancing election integrity and transparency?

The power of our vote is important to continue the Constitutional Republic of America; therefore, we must protect the vote. My vision for enhancing election integrity and transparency is as follows: 1) Keep clean voter rolls 2) Get rid of Drop Boxes and mass mail in voting 3) Ban all private funding & grants for elections 4) Prosecute all illegal vote activity

Provide two examples of election fraud which occurred anywhere in the United States during the last 4 years?

Example #1: The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) Unlawfully Directed Clerks to Violate Rules Protecting Nursing Home Residents, Resulting in a 100% Voting Rate in Many Nursing Homes in 2020, Including Many Ineligible Voters (Office of the Special Counsel Second Interim Investigative Report On the Apparatus & Procedures of the Wisconsin Elections System Delivered to the Wisconsin State Assembly on March 1, 2022) Example #2: Arizona Election Audit (Maricopa County) *A few small examples of election fraud* 34,448 duplicate ballots (double & triple voting by same person); 9,000 more mail in ballots were received than mailed out; on election day 1,551 more votes were cast than voters who showed up to vote

Describe your approach to developing a county budget and maintain county records.

The City of Moscow has a very good budget process that I would model. I would develop a county budget that provides more in-depth detail about revenue & expenses. I would want the budget to be understandable to a person with no budgeting experience. I would maintain the county records system that is currently in place but look at adding more detail and transparency to the information that is uploaded on the County website.
Responded Yes to “I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”
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