"Thank you, thank you, thank you," Jack Gorden said.
That is the message Gorden gives to East Texans. Gorden will take over as Lufkin's mayor Tuesday evening, just as soon as he gets sworn in at the city council meeting.
"I will actually take over the meeting," Gorden said.
Everything is happening so quickly, but Gorden is ready to refocus and move forward, and many East Texans are looking forward to his leadership.
Kenneth Clark, a Gorden supporter, said, "I think he will be a good mayor, because any change is always for the positive when you are dealing with politics. Because sometimes when you stay in office too long, you become complacent, so it is nice every now and then to get some fresh blood in."
Another supporter, Robert Bode, said, "I think it is great, I like the guy, I think he will do a good job."
The future mayor already has several projects in the works including the replacement of all the asbestos waterlines, and the construction on the US 59 southside of town.
Gorden will have an office at city hall, but you will also still see him working at First Bank and Trust. He says it does not matter where he is at, he will be able to face challenges and get the job done.
Mark Hicks and Rufus Duncan, jr. will be facing each other in a run-off for the fifth ward city council position in Lufkin. The run-off election will be held June 10th at Trout Elementary School from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.