With the passing of Mayor Georgia Lord and Joe Pizzillo stepping up as the city's newest mayor, the Goodyear City Council will be appointing a new councilmember.
Here is a glance at the candidates who applied for an appointment to the Goodyear City Council.
23 CANDIDATES WHO APPLIED FOR THE VACANT COUNCIL SEAT
Gregg N. Clymer
Sara MacInnes Gilligan
5 FINALISTS CHOSEN TO INTERVIEW TO FILL THE VACANCY
What stands out immediately is the lack of females in the chosen few. 7 women applied. That's about a 3rd of the candidates. Not a single one was chosen to interview.
Of the 5 finalists to fill the vacancy, all seem to have a lot of experience and many years as residents.
It appears candidate interviews will be February 22nd with the new member of the Goodyear City Council being sworn in February 28th or March 7th.
When it's all said and done, the biggest concern to me is who are the pro-parental rights candidates?
While Goodyear City Council does not oversee education... the candidates are very likely to move into higher legislative roles.
For instance, former councilmember Joanne Osborne is now a member of the House of Arizona State Legislature. She's recently come under fire by Corey A. DeAngelis for voting against school choice. Additionally, Garret Lewis of KNST is calling for people to "Call the RINOs Not Supporting HB 2616 Which Unmasks Kids in School" with Osborne listed as one to call.
GOODYEAR, AZ AUGUST 2022 ELECTION CANDIDATES
Here are the candidates, so far, running for election in August 2022.
Bottom line? Elections - and appointments - have consequences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.