LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The race for Mayor in the city of Lufkin finds two longtime friends competing against each other.
Incumbent Jack Gorden had served as a councilman for Ward 5 since 1984. Gorden was elected Mayor in 2006 after defeating Louis Bronaugh who had held the position for 18 years.
In this year's election, Gorden faces community leader and retired businessman Bob Brown. Both men are running on a platform to increase economic development.
Brown says, if elected, he will work towards creating a stronger sense of unity that will help in job and business development and expansion, beyond downtown Lufkin. Brown believes the time is right to focus on partnerships with Angelina College, the Chamber, the County, and public schools to help bring more competitive paying jobs to the area.
Gorden says, if re-elected, he will work to finish the city's transition through recent tough economic times. He says his "We Want Jack Back" slogan is a reminder that the city has become strong and resourceful under his leadership and he wants to continue that upward trend. He says the downtown renovation is just the beginning.
Hear more from the candidates Thursday in a special report on KTRE's East Texas News at 5,6,10 pm. Then read their candidate profile here at KTRE.com under the '2012 Your Voice, Your Vote' banner to learn more.