Warren Gooch is running for Oak Ridge City Council in the November 4 election.
Gooch is a partner in the law firm of Kramer Rayson LLP, which has offices in Oak Ridge and Knoxville. He has been recognized as a leading health care lawyer by national and regional publications, including the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” a press release said.
“I am a candidate for City Council because I believe in Oak Ridge,” Gooch said. “I am proud to live in a city with an unparalleled history of accomplishments.”
But Oak Ridge is at a crossroads, he said.
“In order for us to continue to prosper, we must have a vision to grow the city, energy to promote it, and a commitment to excellence in our schools, city services, and our quality of life,” Gooch said. “Our city government must be efficient, responsive to all of its citizens, and open for business. As a member of City Council, I pledge to be a consensus builder, and to provide the leadership that will move Oak Ridge forward.”
The press release said Gooch has practiced law with Kramer Rayson for 37 years and established its health law practice. He has served as the firm’s managing partner and as a member of its management committee. He represents health care systems and hospitals in East and Middle Tennessee.
Gooch and his wife Judy, an interior designer, have lived in Oak Ridge for 21 years. They have two grown sons, Ryan and Matt, who are graduates of Oak Ridge High School. Gooch and his sons are Eagle Scouts. He and Judy are active members of First Baptist Church of Clinton and are proud grandparents of Owen, Hayes, and Haleigh Rae.
Gooch, who has named Donna Reat as his campaign treasurer, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and he served as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserves.
Gooch serves on the board of directors of the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge and is a member of the Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission. He has also served on the boards of the Oak Ridge Boys and Girls Club, Oak Ridge Public Schools Foundation, East Tennessee Economic Council, and he coached youth baseball for several years, the press release said.
He was chair of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce in 1999 and was instrumental in organizing support for the approval and funding of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College, the press release said.
“Judy and I chose to call Oak Ridge home, raise our family here, and to embrace community involvement in this amazing city,” Gooch said. “For over 70 years, city leaders have dared to dream about the future and to undertake initiates that have made Oak Ridge a great place to live, work, and raise a family. With bold leadership, vision, energy, and a commitment to excellence, I am confident that our best days are still ahead. I respectfully ask for your support.”
For more information, visit www.WarrenGooch.com or call (865) 585-3814.