Goodman says he will be a "truly independent voice and bring fresh eyes to county problems, and not a career politician beholden to county bosses." He says key issues include making sure the East End receives its fair share of county resources and rejuvenating the economy throughout the county. Goodman also wants to bring back a manufacturing base to western Suffolk to allow needed investment for infrastructure and the environment. He also calls for a charter amendment to bar borrowing for operating costs, except by referendum, and require independent multiyear budgeting.
Goodman, making his first bid for elected office, also is running on the Reform Party line. Goodman, 32, of Springs, is a financial consultant whose background is in mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategies, particularly in the defense and aerospace industries. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 2005 and a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University in 2007. He held a fellowship to work at the Pentagon when Donald Rumsfeld was secretary of defense. Goodman later worked for five years for a financial consulting firm headed by former Defense Secretary William Cohen, before opening his own firm. Goodman, the first openly gay Republican to run for Suffolk County Legislature, is unmarried.