The Mayoral and Councilmember Inaugural Ceremony took place on Sunday, January 6 at the UK Gatton Student Center. Honorable Ernesto Scorsone, Fayette Circuit Judge, swore in the newly elected Mayor, Linda Gorton.

Many present and past members of the Lexington and Kentucky Government were in attendance. Attorney General Andy Beshear, U.S. Rep Andy Barr, and three former Lexington Mayor’s.

Photo by Austin Johnson/ HJ

Ann Garrity introduced her longtime friend and colleague, Mayor Linda Gorton, after her Oath of Office. The theme for Gorton’s speech is “dream big Lexington.” She does understand that when it comes to dreaming big, there needs to be a big budget. “It won’t all be easy,” she said. “For the next few years we’re projecting city budgets will be really tight.” However, even with a tight budget Gorton and the Councilmembers are determined to make Lexington an even better and safer city.

Vice Mayor Steve Kay was introduced by former Vice Mayor Isabel Yates. Along with the Councilmembers, Vice Mayor Kay was sworn in by the Honorable Ernesto Scorsone, Fayette Circuit Judge.


6th District Councilmember is Angela Evans.

6th District Councilmember Angela Evans (Photo by Megan McCardwell/ HJ)

Angela C. Evans is a native of Lexington and an attorney at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC. Evans served as an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies. She also previously served as General Counsel to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Councilmember Evans is received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with honors, from Clark Atlanta. She is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2000 and was awarded the Dean’s Citation for exemplary service to the College of Law.

Councilmember Evans has taken her civil service to the international community, participating in two Expert Meetings hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She has contributed to two UN handbooks focused on preventing recidivism and reintegrating offenders into society published in 2012 and regulating civilian private security services published in in 2014.


7th District Councilmember Preston Worley

7th District Councilmember is Preston Worley.

Preston is a life-long Kentuckian and a proud resident of the 7th District.

Since graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2010, Preston has worked at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, where he has a diverse practice including affordable housing.

He is a member of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Executive Development Council, the Golden Matrix Fund Advisory Council, the Ellerslie at Delong Homeowners Association Board of Directors, and Coaches for Kids Inc., among other organizations.

On December 20, 2017, Preston was appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to represent the 7th District on City Council for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. He intends to run for re-election in the 2018 council race.


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