Hazard mayor subject of Politico essay on women leaders

Herald Staff

November 7, 2013

Hazard Mayor Nan Gorman is the subject of an essay published on Thursday as part of a series featuring women leaders across the nation.

The essay, written by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and titled “Embracing Her Old Kentucky Home,” discusses Gorman’s life from her early years to her election as mayor of Hazard in 2010, the first woman ever elected to the position. The essay appeared in Thursday’s Politico, a national political news publication based in Virginia.

“Nan’s governing personal ethic is to constantly strive to do better for Hazard’s residents for as long as she can,” Chao wrote of Mayor Gorman. “When last I spoke with her, Nan was alternately expressing pride over a young local girl’s success overcoming disadvantages, helping with the Appalachian Regional Hospital’s fundraising campaign and her efforts to obtain refrigerators for families in need.”

The series, called “Women Rule,” is an effort in which several women pen a series of essays that feature other women whom they admire and who have worked to bring about change in their communities, according to the Politico website.

You can read the essay featuring Mayor Gorman online here.

In addition to being Hazard’s first woman elected to City Hall, Gorman was also the first mayor elected as a write-in candidate. She launched her campaign following the death of her husband and longtime Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman in October 2010, and won victory by a comfortable margin. She has not announced yet whether she will seek re-election in 2014.