LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Linda Gorton can’t help herself. She says it’s in her nature to serve.
The soft-spoken registered nurse and former councilwoman emerged from retirement this year and brought home a loud and strong victory Tuesday night to cap off the race to be Lexington’s next mayor.
The mayor-elect fended off former Lexington Police Chief and Public Safety Commissioner Ronnie Bastin in yesterday’s general election, and she says an outpouring of support continues to roll in.
"I have about 168 text messages to answer,” Gorton said.
But those messages might have to wait. Gorton said she’s eager to get to work and tackle big issues plaguing Fayette County like crime and drug addiction. Gorton says she’s prepared to answer all the Lexington residents who want to see growth and change.
“There are some good efforts going on at the state and federal level but we can't totally rely on the state and the federal government because this is our local problem we've got to take care of,” said Gorton.
Gorton has repeatedly said that her 16-year career serving on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, including her time as vice mayor, will help her administration reach all corners of Lexington.
"My family is all about service. My husband's retired Army. My son is active duty Army. My son is active duty Air Force. Our daughter served in the Peace Corps. We believe that service to the community, in one way or another, is very important so I want people to know that, because we have lots of places here in our community to serve,” Gorton said.
After her busy campaign has come to an end, Gorton is gearing up to work with a transitional team at current Mayor Jim Gray’s office. She will be sworn into office at the start of January 2019.