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Forsyth County veteran, podcaster launches third-party bid for Georgia U.S. Senate
Shane Hazel
Shane Hazel

Shane Hazel, a Cumming resident, veteran and co-host of a politics podcast who ran for Congress in 2018, announced Tuesday he will run as a third-party candidate for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats.

Hazel plans to run on the Libertarian Party ticket against incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue and whoever emerges from a small pack of Democratic candidates in the Nov. 3 general election.

“My mission is to bring people together while preserving the freedom of every individual, regardless of skin color, age, faith, gender, love and every other nuance which makes us unique,” Hazel said in a press release.

Hazel, a Marine veteran, ran for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in 2018, where he lost to incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall in the Republican primary with 28.07% of the vote.

He’ll face a tougher challenge this time, what with Perdue’s name recognition, alliance with President Donald Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and almost $8 million in campaign cash.

The Libertarian Party took aim at Perdue on Hazel’s behalf, calling the first-term senator “controlled opposition” in a statement.

There’s also the Democratic field to contend with, which features recognizable figures in former 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Sarah Riggs Amico, who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Hazel unveiled a hashtag-friendly platform on his website, where he called for curtailing American foreign military intervention (#EndTheWars), dissolving the Federal Reserve System (#EndTheFed) and abolishing the “bureaucratic DC cabal” around the world (#EndTheEmpire).

He also called the public school system “government indoctrination” and believes citizens shouldn’t be “restricted by government in the form of taxes/policy/permits/licenses,” including when it comes to gun ownership.

“Dangerous liberty is far safer than even a limited government,” Hazel says on his website.

Hazel also said “it is time to end the failed, disastrous and despotic war on drugs” and believes “it’s time to fully-legalize cannabis.”