A MESSAGE FROM LINDA


Hello, everyone!

I’m Mayor Linda Gorton, and I love this wonderful city.

43 years ago, I chose Lexington as the place to call home. It’s where I got an education, raised my family, and built my career as a Registered nurse.

This city has given so much to me and my family, I naturally chose Lexington as the place to give back. At church; as a homeroom mom, scout leader, youth soccer coach, band parent, on the neighborhood council, in 16 years on the Urban County Council, and now in the Mayor’s Office, I have been honored to give back to Lexington.

The past 2½ years have really challenged our city … a global pandemic, a financial crisis, fundamental questions of justice … those are historic challenges; the challenges of a lifetime squeezed into a few months. As a result, our community has made new demands on its government, while continuing to expect excellent basic services.

With bold vision and persistence, we rose to the challenges, meeting them head on. I proceeded calmly and decisively to clear the hurdles:

    • We brought the community together to beat back a pandemic that sought to take our very lives. I led testing and vaccine initiatives, headed up a public awareness campaign, took steps to protect seniors, and ensured underserved neighborhoods were included.
    • We helped our city regain its financial footing without raising taxes. We kept the cost of living low.
    • We invested in infrastructure, roads and parks in all corners of our community.
    • And we put the pieces in place for a bright future for all.

These historic steps were taken by uniting our city … building and rebuilding partnerships with the healthcare community, the University of Kentucky, businesses, investors, farmers, neighborhoods, the faith community, those who felt they had been left out … everyone.

Partnerships are the secret of Lexington’s success because they are built through you … the people who call Lexington home. You are our strength.

We are united in our love for this city. We all want it to be the best it can be.

In four short years Lexington will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding.

As a Registered nurse, and as the only Lexington Mayor who has faced a pandemic in modern history, I want to celebrate that anniversary with the knowledge that COVID-19 can no longer dominate our lives. I am very proud that almost 70% of our citizens 18 and over are already vaccinated … a rate that exceeds state and national numbers.

I want to celebrate our anniversary with a growing focus on public safety and a determined pursuit of justice for all.

I want to celebrate our anniversary with a bright future for everyone by fully implementing strong career counseling and job training programs to fill good jobs we have attracted and grown.

I want to celebrate our anniversary with new investments that continue to build quality of life.

I want to celebrate our anniversary by continuing to protect our farmland … it sets us apart from the rest of the world.

I want to celebrate our anniversary by building on the progress we have made in affordable housing.

Through experienced leadership I have taken this city from the depths of a pandemic, where economic activity ground to a near halt and the unemployment rate hit double digits, to a city where the economy is now soaring. I am ready to move us forward to the next chapter in our history. I would appreciate your support.

Thank you.

Linda

Linda Gorton announces her campaign for re-election

Linda Gordon announces her campaign for re-election

BACKGROUND / RESUME


I have built my life on family and service.

Service to my country:

  • I worked as a nurse in an Army field hospital when my husband was stationed in Germany;
  • Member of a military family:
    • My husband, Charlie, is a retired Army Reserve Major General;
    • My son is active duty Army;
    • My son-in-law is active duty Air Force;

Service to my community:

  • At church:
  • As a homeroom mom, scout leader, youth soccer coach, and band parent;
  • Member of the neighborhood council.

Service at City Hall:

  • I served 16 years on the Urban County Council, including 4 years as vice mayor.
  • I am the longest continuously serving councilmember in the history of the Urban County Government.
  • I took office as Mayor in 2019. I was elected with 63% of the vote.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


BEATING BACK A PANDEMIC
I am the only Lexington Mayor who has faced a pandemic in modern history. Working calmly and decisively, I beat back the dangerous virus that sought to take our very lives. I brought our city together to face a common enemy, led testing and vaccine initiatives, headed up a public awareness campaign, took steps to protect seniors, and ensured underserved neighborhoods were included. Almost 70% of our citizens 18 and over are already vaccinated … a rate that exceeds state and national numbers. As new variants of COVID-19 threaten our City, Lexington needs the leadership of a healthcare professional.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Like most cities across the country, Lexington has seen an increase in violence on its streets. I have met the challenge head on by hiring additional neighborhood resource officers, reaching out to youth, and involving social workers, mental health professionals, and the faith community.

BRINGING BACK OUR ECONOMY
Fall-out from COVID-19 slowed economic activity in Lexington to a crawl. Relying on my experience, I held the line and helped our city regain its financial footing, without raising taxes and while keeping the cost of living low. Our economy is now soaring and hundreds of new good-paying jobs are coming on line.

RACIAL JUSTICE
Lexington faced fundamental questions of justice in 2019, with racial protests continuing for 59 days. I immediately formed the Commission for Racial Justice and Equality, involving 70 residents served on my Mayor’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality. I challenged it to create empowering solutions that dismantle systemic racism in our City. Lexington is well on its way to implementing many of the commission’s recommendations, with more to come.

TAKING CARE OF OUR HOMETOWN
We invested in infrastructure, road paving, and parks in all corners of our community.

CONTRIBUTE

to re-elect Linda Gorton for Mayor

to re-elect Linda Gorton for Mayor

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


BEATING BACK A PANDEMIC
I am the only Lexington Mayor who has faced a pandemic in modern history. Working calmly and decisively, I beat back the dangerous virus that sought to take our very lives. I brought our city together to face a common enemy, led testing and vaccine initiatives, headed up a public awareness campaign, took steps to protect seniors, and ensured underserved neighborhoods were included. Almost 70% of our citizens 18 and over are already vaccinated … a rate that exceeds state and national numbers. As new variants of COVID-19 threaten our City, Lexington needs the leadership of a healthcare professional.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Like most cities across the country, Lexington has seen an increase in violence on its streets. I have met the challenge head on by hiring additional neighborhood resource officers, reaching out to youth, and involving social workers, mental health professionals, and the faith community.

BRINGING BACK OUR ECONOMY
Fall-out from COVID-19 slowed economic activity in Lexington to a crawl. Relying on my experience, I held the line and helped our city regain its financial footing, without raising taxes and while keeping the cost of living low. Our economy is now soaring and hundreds of new good-paying jobs are coming on line.

RACIAL JUSTICE
Lexington faced fundamental questions of justice in 2019, with racial protests continuing for 59 days. I immediately formed the Commission for Racial Justice and Equality, involving 70 residents served on my Mayor’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality. I challenged it to create empowering solutions that dismantle systemic racism in our City. Lexington is well on its way to implementing many of the commission’s recommendations, with more to come.

TAKING CARE OF OUR HOMETOWN
We invested in infrastructure, road paving, and parks in all corners of our community.