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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

City of San MateoCandidate for City Council

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Joe Goethals

Council Member
7,018 votes (22.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Joe will continue to fight for safe neighborhoods and parks.
  • Joe will focus on strong economic development to promote good jobs and wages.
  • Joe will invest in our infrastructure.



Joe Goethals is a former Peninsula Health Care District director who also served as Chair of the City of San Mateo Public Works Commission. He's now a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County after many years serving in the same role in Alameda County. In addition to his law degree, Joe has a Master's degree in Public Health.

Joe is a life long resident and native of San Mateo who previous to being elected to the City Council in 2013 served as the Chair of the Public Works Commission for the City of San Mateo. He was on the Complete Streets Coalition for San Mateo, as well.

Joe grew up on Aragon Boulevard with his two brothers and two sisters. As the oldest of five children he took on additional responsibilities with his siblings. Summer times were spent playing baseball at Trinta Park, Fitzgerald Field in Central Park, San Mateo High School and Hillsdale High School. From first through eighth grade, he attended St. Matthew's Catholic School. Joe later returned to the fields of San Mateo to coach his brothers' baseball teams at Los Prados for Pony League and Hillsdale High School in the Babe Ruth League.

After attending St. Ignatius in San Francisco for high school, he attended Santa Clara University majoring in Combined Sciences with an emphasis in microbiology. At Santa Clara University, Joe played baseball, became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and was honored with membership in Sigma Xi, the Research Honor Society, for his PCR research in the microbiology department. At graduation, he was honored with the Santa Clara University Richard J. Riordan Award for Public Service.

Joe lives in San Mateo with his wife and three daughters.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (11)

  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council's Committee on Political Education (COPE)
  • ​Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • San Mateo Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 2400, District 7
  • San Mateo Police Officers' Association, Local 507
  • San Mateo County Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 467
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 617
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245
  • San Mateo County Building Trades Council
  • UNITE HERE Local 2

Elected Officials (23)

  • Supervisor David Canepa
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Supervisor Warren Slocum
  • Supervisor Dave Pine
  • Supervisor Don Horsley
  • Supervisor Carole Groom
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • Former Assemblymember Rich Gordon
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • San Mateo Mayor David Lim
  • San Mateo Councilmember Maureen Freschet
  • San Mateo Councilmember Diane Papan
  • San Carlos Mayor Bob Grassilli
  • South San Francisco Mayor Pradeep Gupta
  • Redwood City Mayor John Seybert
  • Millbrae Vice Mayor Gina Papan
  • Hillsborough Mayor Marie Chuang
  • Foster City Mayor Charlie Bronitsky
  • East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody
  • Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith
  • Burlingame Mayor Ricardo Ortiz
  • Brisbane Mayor Lori Liu
  • Belmont Mayor Charles Stone

Individuals (12)

  • Mary Webb
  • Rich Hedges
  • Chris Hsiung
  • ​Kelly Moran
  • ​Cynthia Newton
  • Cliff Robbins
  • Greg St. Clair
  • Anna Kuhre
  • Michael Weinhauer
  • Nicole Fernandez
  • Michael Etheridge
  • ​John Foster III

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

For the last four years, I have had the great privilege to serve the people of San Mateo on our city council. My goals have always been to offer strong leadership and to work together towards smart solutions to the challenges we face. 

My vision for San Mateo is a community where every person can find a good job, an affordable home, excellent schools for their children, and the kind of city services that make living here fun, welcoming, and safe.

If re-elected, I promise to continue to fight for safe neighborhoods and parks, ​​focus on strong economic development to promote good jobs and wages, ​and invest in our infrastructure.

​I am very fortunate to have the support of leading community members and local elected officials, as well as many organizations and local businesses. I'm proud to be endorsed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, the entire San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, including our own Supervisor Carole Groom. I also enjoy the unanimous support of my colleagues on the San Mateo City Council, as well as the endorsement of the San Mateo Daily Journal, San Mateo Firefighters Association, the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association, the San Mateo Building Trades Council, the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the San Mateo County Central Labor Council.

No one person can alone accomplish everything that needs to be done, so I ask for your help in the fight to keep San Mateo a safe and strong city.

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