The general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Gause, 48, said he first started thinking about running after receiving poor service from the Veterans’ Administration. A retired naval officer, he said he broke four fingers when his hand got caught in a hatch on a ship during a training mission in Kuwait several years ago. He said that after the VA refused to operate, he had surgery using his private insurance.
“I couldn’t close my hand to turn a doorknob,” he told the AJC. “I got so dissatisfied with the VA and decided to do things on my own.”
In addition to wanting to privatize veterans’ benefits, Gause said his campaign will focus on reducing the size of government, lowering taxes, cracking down on illegal immigrants and advocating for more vocational training in high schools.