Russ Goodman

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Russ Goodman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia [1]. He has been a State Senator serving District 8 since 2021, and he is also a seventh-generation farmer. Goodman is involved in several community organizations, including First Baptist Church Homerville, where he serves on the Board of Deacons; leadership positions within the MBG Blueberry Farmers Co-op; the Clinch County Development Authority; and several others [2]. He is the current Secretary of the State Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, and a member of the Natural Resources and the Environment, Special Judiciary, and Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security Committees [4].

Key Issues

Economy

Goodman prioritizes creating economic opportunities within South Georgia by promoting small farmers, small businesses, higher education institutions like Valdosta State University and the Moody Air Force Base, and building industry. He plans to recruit businesses, especially medical supply manufacturing, and decrease government regulations and taxes that hinder growth [2].

Health Care

Goodman aims to improve affordable access to high-quality healthcare. He supports Brian Kemp’s healthcare reform plan to lower costs, expand coverage and incentivize affordable private insurance. Additionally, Goodman prioritizes the issues of maternal mortality and prescription drug costs, and he also plans to protect local hospitals and increase the number of doctors in rural Georgia [2].

Agriculture

Goodman plans to protect Georgian farmers from competition with cheap produce from other countries. He plans to decrease regulations that put American farmers at a disadvantage and to expand the agriculture industry, creating more jobs [2].

Education

Goodman supports public schools, students, and educators. He plans to increase the resources available to them, including broadband, funding, and teachers’ wages. He also plans to prioritize Valdosta State University in the state budget and support its graduates [2].

Law Enforcement

Goodman opposes plans to defund the police and prioritizes safety and fair treatment [2].

Broadband

Goodman believes that rural internet access is vital, and expanding it will create access to more educational and career opportunities for Georgians. He believes that expanded access to the internet will create more equality within the state, especially for students. He acknowledges that much work has been done recently to achieve this goal and pledges to continue [2].

 

Gun Policy

Goodman supports the Second Amendment and opposes gun control [2].

Reproductive Rights

Goodman is pro-life and believes that life begins at conception [2].

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Russ Goodman for State Senate

3 Twitter

4 Legislator Information