Linda Gorton, the longest-serving member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, is serving her first term as Lexington Mayor. Mayor Gorton was elected 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 is currently working to keep Lexington citizens safe in a global pandemic. Fallout from the pandemic has slowed down economic activity and triggered belt tightening in City Hall. Mayor Gorton’s conservative management of the budget has kept the City on a sustainable path. She is also working with business leaders from across our City to restart our economy.
Mayor Gorton is continuing her emphasis on development of 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 ongoing priority is economic development … jobs, jobs, jobs. Mayor Gorton is focused on making Lexington a technological hub, including high tech agriculture.
Mayor Gorton and her husband, Charlie, a retired Major General in the Army, have two children and five grandchildren. She is a registered nurse and graduate of the University of Kentucky.