Not a lot has changed in the political ideology of perennial congressional candidate Gordon Allen Pross since he first ran for U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings' District 4 seat more than a decade ago.
The Republican from Ellensburg still believes in his reform plan that supports abolishing all taxes except income taxes, he said.
The plan, which is the cornerstone of Pross' campaign, calls for citizens to pay 10 percent of their annual income to cover all taxes in the nation.
"10 percent of income from 100 percent of the wealth pays 100 percent of the bill," he told the Herald in an interview.
Pross is an organic farmer who has been on Washington's federal ballot eight times, including multiple unsuccessful runs at the District 4 seat, he said. He ran on a "pro-life, pro-gun, smaller government" platform in his first campaign as a Democrat before switching to the Republican party.
Pross -- who has a background in agriculture -- has worked as a tree planter, logger, laborer and hay buck, he said. He was a political science and sculpture student at Central Washington University, where he graduated in 1993.
Besides abolishing taxes, Pross believes in securing America's border with drones, restoring the American dollar, ending the Federal Reserve banking system, bringing back a military draft and putting an end to "the tyranny" in American government, he said.
Pross -- a ordained deacon who considers himself an activist and crusader -- avoided directly discussing many issues during his interview with the Herald.
"It doesn't matter what I think," he said. "It only matters what I know."
Pross did talk about not giving up hope on restarting the Fast Flux Test Facility, a deactivated research reactor at Hanford, which is a project he has been working on since 2002, he said.
He called Congress a "pit of vipers" and told the Herald if he were elected he would expose "those people who hold the purse strings to your gold dust."
One of Pross' priorities in Congress would be to try and start a self-sustaining community of about a thousand people who are "down on their luck," he said. He would want the community to mass-produce a commodity to help turn their lives around.
If successful, Pross believes the community could become a blueprint for politicians to implement across the nation, he said.
"I would want to make everyone a millionaire in two years," he said.
Pross didn't receive a single vote in a straw poll following a candidate forum in June. He dismissed the notion that he is a long shot in the primary, saying he hasn't stopped fighting since 1998 and he won't stop now.
"If you hate me you need to vote for me," he said. "I'm going to bring things to the universe you can't even imagine."
Pross finances his own campaign, he said. He has not received any campaign contributions, according to the Federal Elections Commission.
Primary ballots started being mailed out to registered voters last week. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, will move on to the general election.
Pross will not be discouraged if he doesn't make it to the general election for the fifth time, he said. He is confident his willingness to take on corruption will one day lead to him representing the district.
"You want America or 'Pretendica?' " he said.
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