HAZARD — The great-nephew of former Mayor Bill Gorman, Lawrence Dew Gorman, filed his candidacy papers to run for city commissioner on Jan. 11. This is Gorman’s first time running for public office. Gorman vows to revitalize the City of Hazard if he is elected as a city commissioner.
Gorman was asked why he decided to run for city commissioner, and this was his answer, “The way the city is being ran, and the way the building (Grand Hotel) has not yet been tore down. Main street isn’t opened. We just want to get it opened back up.”
If he had the power to tear down the Grand Hotel, he said he would put up a nice restaurant that city residents would be proud of and have traffic run through main street again.
He is determined to take care of the city, as his great-uncle Mayor Gorman did.
Gorman feels that Hazard is falling behind other cities within the state, because of a lack of revitalization of downtown Hazard.
“We are falling behind, Pikeville is taking over. I want the City of Hazard to be like it should be, everybody to come to Hazard. A Central hub for eastern Kentucky,” said Gorman.
Gorman currently works in the coal business. He helps in the office at Black Gold Sales, where he works.
“We’ve lost over 4,000 jobs in eastern Kentucky; buying coal from out of state to help power Kentucky, which we should be buying Kentucky coal to help power Kentucky,” Gorman said.
He said if he was elected as a city commissioner, that he would do everything in his power to bring jobs back to the city.
“I just look forward to helping out the city and being part of the town,” said Gorman.
Gorman said that he has tremendous support from his family, and his finance.
Though, his 3-year-old daughter is one of the most important reasons why he decided to run, Gorman said.
“I want to make Hazard a better place for her,” said Gorman.
If more than eight candidates file for city commissioner, then all eight candidates will be on the ballot during the primary. The top eight candidates from the primary election would move on to the election in November.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.