Linda Gorton, the longest continuously serving member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, is serving her first term as Lexington Mayor.
Mayor Gorton was elected in a landslide on November 6, 2018, winning 63% of the vote.
A native of Ohio, Mayor Gorton has lived in Lexington most of her adult life. In addition to her 16 years on the Council, including 4 years as Vice Mayor, Mayor Gorton has been a dedicated volunteer in our community.
Mayor Gorton has started her term with an emphasis on developing a comprehensive action plan to help those who suffer from opioid addiction, a problem that is detrimental to our labor force, diverts funding from much-needed initiatives, and has stolen the future from many talented Lexingtonians.
Another early and ongoing priority is economic development … jobs, jobs, jobs. Mayor Gorton is focused on making Lexington a technological hub, including high tech agriculture.
Mayor Gorton is a strong supporter of our military and veterans. Her husband, Charlie, is a retired Major General in the Army, her son is an Army Black Hawk Pilot and her son-in-law is an Air Force F-16 Pilot. She worked as a registered nurse at a military field hospital in Germany. Upon becoming mayor, she appointed a Veterans Affairs Liaison to work directly in the Mayor’s Office.
Mayor Gorton has five grandchildren. She is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.