Mayor Linda Gorton announces bid for re-election

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has announced her bid for re-election.
Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 10:17 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has announced her bid for re-election.

Mayor Gorton made the official announcement during a news conference Tuesday morning at the Lyric Theatre:

She previously told our Bill Bryant on Kentucky Newsmakers that she intended to run for mayor again.

During her time in office, she’s dealt with the unprecedented pandemic, as well as racial protests.

The mayor says she pulled the trigger on this announcement, after months of relentless questions about if she would run for another term.

In her speech, the mayor says she’ll focus on protecting farmland, affordable housing and public safety. She also emphasised her hopes for additional career counseling and new investments to build quality of life.

Of course, COVID-19 was at the forefront of Mayor Gorton’s mind. She says on the 250th anniversary of Lexington, in just 4 years, she wants to live in a world without the virus dominating our lives.

“I have led this city from the deaths 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’m ready to move us forward towards the next chapter in our history,” Mayor Gorton said.

Even though the mayor’s re-election campaign is on the horizon, her current job is still continuing as cases of COVID-19 surge in the city.

The mayor says she’s focusing on following the advice of healthcare workers and on vaccination efforts. She’s continuing to canvas, going door to door and urging citizens to get the shot.

Mayor Gorton took office in 2019, after she was elected with 63 percent of the vote.

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