Lufkin Elects a New Mayor
A majority of Lufkin voters have decided to put someone new to elected city politics in the Mayor's chair at City Hall. Retired Lufkin business executive Bob Brown has won the Mayor's race over two-term incumbent Jack Gorden. The final vote count was 1,515 for Brown, to 1,061 for Gorden.
Mayor-elect Bob Brown has unseated Lufkin banker Jack Gorden, who served the city's 5th Ward on the City Council for more than 20 years, until he was elected Mayor in 2006.
Brown says "jobs" will be his top priority as Mayor. He says he will bring local and county governmental entities and the Chamber of Commerce together on the same page, so they can work together to create and nurture a healthy economy and business environment that will attract new companies and jobs to the Lufkin area.
Outgoing Mayor Jack Gorden is gracious in defeat. On his Facebook page, Gorden congratulates Brown on his victory, saying "I wish him the best as he prepares to lead our city into the future. Thank you, Lufkin! It’s been an honor to serve you over the past six years."
The City Council will canvass the results of the city election Tuesday at 5pm. When the vote is certified as "official", the new Mayor will be sworn in, along with re-elected Council Members Don Langston and Robert Shankle. Langston won another term by defeating challenger Koshy Alexander 464 to 287. Shankle was unopposed.