Terry Gardner

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Terry Lamar Gardner

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 1, 2019
Preceded by Marvin Thomas "Tommy" Davis

Born May 18, 1954
Shreveport, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deborah Ann Walker Gardner (married 1993)
Occupation Businessman

Founder of the Gardner Group

Terry Lamar Gardner, known as TG Gardner (born May 18, 1954),[1] is a businessman who is the incoming Republican mayor of Minden, Louisiana, the fourth member of his party to hold the position since 1966. A victor by thirty-seven votes in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 6, 2018, Gardner assumes office on January 1, 2019.

A native of Shreveport, where his mother was highly engaged in political activism, Gardner moved to Minden at the age of twenty-four in 1978, to take a position with the tobacco company, Philip Morris USA.[2][3] Gardner is the only mayor of Minden who previously lost three races for the city council before becoming mayor. In 2003, running as a Democrat, he lost a council race to incumbent Republican Robert Drew White (born October 28, 1966), the son of a former Minden city attorney and the grandson of a state representative descended from one of the earliest families in Webster Parish. In 2006, still a Democrat, he lost the council race to Republican Marvin Thomas "Tommy" Davis (born September 29, 1942), his predecessor as mayor. In 2014, running for the first time as a Republican, Gardner was defeated, 64 to 36 percent, by fellow Republican Michael Scott "Mike" Toland (born October 28, 1959), who did not seek reelection to the council in 2018.

When Mayor Davis stepped down after five years in the position, Gardner ran against the only Democrat in the race, William Kerry "Winky" Newer (born June 4, 1962), the previous long-term municipal recreation director. Newer said that had he been elected he would have sought to strengthen municipal financial growth." I will continue our attempts to lower the electrical rates by all means possible. We must continue our effort to attract new industry and business to our area," he said.

Through his Gardner Group, he owns several businesses in downtown Minden. “The citizens of Minden are just remarkable. I want to run for mayor of Minden because Minden has been so good to me over the last thirty-five years. They’ve supported me and my businesses and enabled us to grow our businesses.”[3] Gardner said that he opposes increasing municipal fees and taxes and will seek to upgrade the municipal infrastructure through the hiring of a full-time grants writer, who would seek revenues from outside sources.[4] In a campaign characterized primarily by the aggressive display of yard signs, Gardner emerged victorious over Newer, 2,164 to 2,127. Turnout was 53.7 percent of registered voters.[5]

Gardner is married to the former Deborah Ann "Debbie" Walker (born May 19, 1957).[4]

References

  1. Terry Gardner, Minden, Louisiana. Mylife.com. Retrieved on November 28, 2018.
  2. Juliuna Anderson (December 3, 2018). Meet Mayor-elect Terry Gardner Looking Forward. The Minden Press-Herald.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Christian Piekes (October 10, 2018). Two vying to be Minden's mayor. KSLA (CBS in Shreveport). Retrieved on November 28, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gardner announces Minden mayoral bid. The Minden Press-Herald (July 16, 2018). Retrieved on July 18, 2018.
  5. Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). Retrieved on November 28, 2018.