Former District 3 Guilford County Board of Education member Bill Goebel is still campaigning for school board even though his name is not currently on the ballot.
Goebel, who was a Republican at the time, was appointed by the Democratic majority on the Guilford County school board to fill an open seat on April 4, 2023.
After a great deal of controversy, Goebel was removed from office on Aug. 17 by a bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. Republican District 3 Guilford County Board of Education member Michael Logan was sworn into office on Sept. 19, 2023, about nine months after he had first been nominated by the Guilford County Republican Party to fill the open seat.
Goebel had worked behind the scenes with the Guilford County school board attorney and Democratic members of the school board to get the appointment over the objections of the Guilford County Republican Party on April 4.
After Goebel was appointed, he was censured by the Guilford County Republican Party and as well as being charged with “party disloyalty.”
Goebel is currently a registered Democrat. When asked about changing parties Goebel said, “The Republican Party pretty much kicked me out.”
And switching parties is the reason that Goebel, although he plans to run for the District 3 school board seat, is not on the list of candidates for the 2024 election.
In North Carolina, because of political maneuvering in the past, a candidate is required to be a member of a political party for 90 days before filing to run for office.
Goebel didn’t make the 90-day deadline in his switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. He says that he plans to run as unaffiliated, and to do that needs to have 2,136 signatures on a petition to place his name on the general election ballot.
Goebel said he already has about 1,400 signatures and plans to be at the polls during the March primary to gather the necessary signatures to be placed on the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Goebel said that despite the fact that he is not officially a candidate yet, he is running ads, riding in parades and campaigning. He said he had raised about $15,000 for his campaign so far and expects to double that by November.
If Goebel does get on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, he will face Logan, who has no Republican primary race, and Democrat David Coates, who also has no primary opposition.