Maricopa City Councilmember Eric Goettl wants to retain his city council seat in 2024. 

Goettl told InMaricopa he filed his paperwork as a candidate last month and began collecting signatures and donations for his campaign. 

“It’s been a wonderful year being able to help make some pretty impactful decisions on the city and help lead the direction of where we’re headed,” he said. “I would love the opportunity to jump in again and see if the city will have me back.” 

Goettl was appointed and sworn in as the newest member of city council in September 2022.  

At the time, 19 applicants were under consideration for the position and councilmembers selected Goettl on a 4-2 vote. 

This time, he’s looking for a different vote — the public’s. 

Goettl said he understands and respects the “tremendous amount of trust the public puts into their elected officials.” He said he hopes his track record of basing discussion around constitutional principles, volunteering with community groups and being open to discussion helps solidify that trust.

Councilmember Eric Goettl speaks as Councilmember Vincent Manfredi listens during a meeting at Maricopa City Hall on May 2, 2023. Monica D. Spencer/InMaricopa

“I don’t have all of the solutions and my opinion of the solution may not be the right option,” he said. “I try to be as open and transparent as I can be by having dialogue with individuals in the community. We make better decisions when we have that process happening.”

He’s one of three bidding for a seat in 2024. Chrystal Allen-O’Jon and Le’on Willis announced intent to run during previous council meetings.

Other seats up for re-election next year include Mayor Nancy Smith and Councilmembers Amber Liermann and Bob Marsh.