Your Voice, Your Vote: Jack Gorden, Lufkin Mayoral candidate
Candidate's Name: Jack Gorden
Date of Birth: October 29, 1943
Education: Stephen F. Austin B.S. Economics and Business
SMU School of Banking
University of Colorado School of Banking
Family: Wife, Mary Jo McMullen Gorden.
Son, Jack Gorden III, Trey and wife, Laura Tarpley Gorden.
Granddaughter, Addie Elizabeth Gorden.
Deceased son, Trenton Wood Gorden.
Religion: Christian, member of Christ Church
Phone: (936) 631-3523
Office you are seeking: re-election Mayor of Lufkin
President, East Texas Bank Administration,
President, Deep East Texas Council of Governments,
Executive Committee member, Texas Municipal League,
Governor's appointee to statewide I-69 Committee,
President, United Way of Angelina County,
Member I-69 Executive Committee,
Angelina County Cities Health District board member.
Other Career Highlights/Awards Recognition:
Lead CEO of the East Texas Workforce Development Board,
International Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow,
Various community awards over a number of years.
What qualifies you for this office?
22 years on City Council,
6 years as Mayor,
47 years as a banker,
Many years of involvement in community organizations; Chamber of Commerce, Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Memorial Hospital, Hospice in the Pines, 4B Economic Development Corporation, Lufkin, Angelina Economic Development Partnership, United Way, Church activities,
Various committees at the state and national levels.
What are your plans if elected?
Job creation will continue to be one of my main areas of focus. Although we have lost several of our major employers, we have been successful in creating jobs in new, mostly high-tech areas.
We have now replaced all the jobs that were lost and are working to add more!
Because we were able to get the water rights to Rayburn and then add the paper mill water rights, we are in the enviable position of having plenty of water! Where in the past, pine trees have been our major natural resource, I believe that in the future, it will be water! We are currently having discussions with several water using businesses that could result in the creation of hundreds of new jobs for Lufkinites!
We need to work toward raising the standard of living for our people! We will need efforts at the state level as well as locally.
We need to work with the Port of Houston as they expand. When the Panama Canal is finished, it will have a major impact on Houston and the traffic on Hwy 59. I believe Lufkin could benefit from that in a huge way! We have already been laying the groundwork.
I-69 is becoming a reality! I have been actively involved at the national and state level to make sure Lufkin benefits from that. I serve on the Governor's Committee on I-69 and plan to continue looking after our interests.
I strongly support the efforts of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Lufkin is no longer a well kept secret! The publicly we are receiving and the events that are bringing people to Lufkin are tremendous!
The Civic Center will be completed this year and will be a great asset in many ways! We need to make sure that we take advantage of it! The Pines Theater will also be finished this year! I believe that those two projects will serve us well.
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country! There's no reason why we shouldn't have the very best quality of life here! We have great people, ample natural resources, and that can-do attitude we are known for! We are making a lot of progress! Let's don't stop now!