Q&A: Brian Gordon

Lower Merion Township commissioner and former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives

Brian Gordon, 49, Merion
Lower Merion Township commissioner; former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives

» Book on his nightstand: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. It’s a kids’ series, and it’s just great—Mommy’s already read all of them to [our daughter], so she’s getting a repeat [from me].

» Musical artist on repeat: Johnny Cash. I used to sing “I’ve Been Everywhere” with my daughter on the way to school in the mornings.

» Restaurant of the hour: Saffron Indian Kitchen in Bala Cynwyd.

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» Personal hero: My father. He was willing to give of his time to represent people without significant resources because it was the right thing to do.

» One thing he knows for sure: If we don’t repair our country’s banking and financial system, we’ll have another Great Depression.

» Very own vici: Promoting environmentalism and conserving resources in Lower Merion by helping to get my entire office building to recycle, promoting riparian buffers in several of the township’s parks, and co-drafting a resolution requiring all future township buildings to be constructed in accordance with green building standards.

» Zen destination: Sailing on Barnegat Bay with friends at sunset.

» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Spend time with my family.

» Life view: chance or fate? I would say chance. I’ve never been a fatalist. I think that most of us are fortunate enough to control our own destiny.

» Pet peeve: Tea party conservatives who believe the world started with the election of Sen. Scott Brown and refuse to acknowledge the mistakes of the past.

» Most marked characteristic: Independent thinker.

» Qualities he admires most in others: Courage and fairness.

» Mantra: If you work hard, you make your own luck.

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