Gavin Goodman Candidate for District 7 US House of Representatives

Gavin Goodman was born in Albany, New York in 1990. Growing up in an Army family he moved frequently in his youth, living in Germany on a US military base with his family from 1999-2003. His father, after leaving the military, became a defense contractor in Huntsville, Alabama.  After Gavin earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in 2014, he moved to Huntsville to be closer to his family. He was the marketing director at a Huntsville brewery, Rocket Republic, for four years before starting a small consulting business in Huntsville in 2018 that planned external events for nonprofit organizations. He currently the Vice President of Development for Strength Through Education Inc. a 501c3 that works with active-duty service members to reduce suicide and sexual assault in the military.

In 2020, Gavin became the State Director of Alabama for Jorgensen/Cohen 2020 and served on the events and communication teams for the presidential campaign. He joined the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Alabama (LPA) in October of the same year. In August of 2021 he was appointed as Chair of the LPA and affirmed at the Alabama State convention in 2022, a role he currently holds. He attended the 2022 National Convention of the Libertarian party as Alabama Delegation Chair. As well as being a candidate for US Congress, Gavin also serves as a political director for the LPA and coordinates with its record 65 LP candidates in the 2022 midterm election after the party received full ballot access for the first time in 22 years.

Gavin Goodman for US House District 7 of Alabama
Ending Qualified Immunity
The rights and liberties of the people are to be protected by the police; it is their most vital function. Qualified immunity is used to protect bad actors in the police force when they not only fail in their most important duty but also further abuse the power and monopoly of force they have in most communities. This has been used by governments to oppress citizens, especially in marginalized communities. We should hold police to the highest standards and rights of the people to address grievances against police for abuse of power, should never be infringed. I support ending qualified immunity across the United States as a violation of the 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments to the constitution.
Cannabis Legalization and Substance Decriminalization
Small business is a fundamental part of the American economy, and the government should not be restricting the growth of a new industry because of misinformation and propaganda from the 1930s. Cannabis should have never been classified as a schedule 1 narcotic and the criminalization of cannabis is both illogical and blatantly used to target and oppress marginalized communities. What a citizen puts in their body is no business of the government. Addiction to any substance is a medical condition not a crime. I support federally removing cannabis as a schedule 1 narcotic and ending the failed drug war. Further I support the immediate release of nonviolent drug offenders with enfranchisement in regard to the right to vote.
Gun Owners Rights
The right to defend oneself is a fundamental human right. Gun control legislation is collective punishment based on the actions of bad actors and infringes on the rights of individual responsible gun owners. These laws also have their roots in the oppression marginalized communities and are raciest and homophobic. The rights of the people to defend themselves against those who would illegally try to take away their life, liberty, or property, shall not be infringed.
All gun control laws are an infringement of the rights of the individual and I support an end to such regulation.
Sustainability is defined as the ability to last. If we built our infostructure, systems, homes, and lives to be sustainable then we would free up vital resources that are currently used for maintenance. The free market is designed to bring the most efficient ideas to prominence and the only reason that sustainable technology has not already changed everything about human civilization is due to corruption and corny capitalism. I support the immediate end of government subsidies within the energy industry that allow the government to choose winners and loser in the market..
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