Lacombe mourns passing of former mayor Judy Gordon

LACOMBE – The City of Lacombe sends sincerest condolences to the family of former mayor Judy Gordon – who honourably served the City of Lacombe as mayor for three terms.

Gordon also served the citizens of Lacombe as the MLA for the former riding of Lacombe-Stettler for three terms. During her third term as mayor, Gordon was present when the former Town of Lacombe became Alberta’s 17th city in 2010.

“I feel really good about it, and I feel that this is a very positive move for Lacombe,” Gordon told the media at the time.

“Over the years, we will certainly see the benefits of moving to city status.”

Gordon started her first term as mayor in 1989, serving until 1993. In the lead up to the 1989 election, Gordon told the media, “I want to be the mayor of Lacombe. I believe I have the time, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to lead the town into the 90s.”

In 1993, Lacombe’s mayor was elected as MLA and was reelected to the Legislature in 1997 – winning the seat with a wider victory margin. Gordon won a landslide reelection campaign in 2001, before retiring from provincial politics in 2004.

Even though Gordon no longer wanted to commute to Edmonton, she was keen to continue to serve the residents of Lacombe – running and winning the mayor’s seat once again in the 2005 Municipal Election by a plurality of 41 votes.

Gordon would win her third term of mayor in 2007 by acclamation – before announcing her retirement in 2010.

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins honoured Gordon in the House of Commons on Thursday.