As a resident of Durango for not quite two years, Jordan Golson said low name recognition will hurt him in his run for the City Council, which is ironic for a noncollege graduate with a knack for getting exposure in the media.
As a former salesman at an Apple retail store in New Hampshire, Golson was quoted last year in a New York Times story about earning low wages at the Apple store despite selling $750,000 worth of “computers and gadgets” during one three month period.
“I was earning $11.25 an hour,” Golson was quoted saying on the front page of the June 23, 2012, edition of The New York Times. “Part of me was thinking, ‘This is great. I’m an Apple fan, the store is doing really well.’ But when you look at the amount of money the company is making and then you look at your paycheck, it’s kind of tough.”
Golson now writes for a website about Apple called MacRumors.com. He appeared on the Ric Peterson talk radio show in Montreal to comment on Steve Jobs’ retirement and Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, repeating rumors that Cook might be a homosexual.
In an interview with The Durango Herald, Golson said he likes to “throw a cherry bomb” as a journalist, but personally does not care about Cook’s sexual preferences.
“If he’s gay, he’s by far the most powerful gay man in America,” Golson said. “He’s head of the most valuable company in the world. Honestly, we know very little about him, (but) I’m not going to do a TMZ and follow him around.”
Golson followed his wife, Jaime, to Durango. She got a job working for Soundtraxx, which is partly owned by her relative.
He has become a volunteer firefighter for Durango Fire & Rescue Authority, working car accidents and last summer’s forest fires. Besides public service, Golson said, a motivation for seeking elected office is to break the solitude of being a writer.
“A lot of people make friends at work. I work at home. So what’s going to get me out of the house and meet new people?” Golson said.
His campaign theme is that City Council has become distracted by side issues such as organic parks, accessory dwellings, smoking bans and plastic bags. He would not vote for a fee or a ban on plastic bags in grocery stores.
He would get the city to focus on its future by emphasizing issues such as infrastructure and the lack of affordable housing. Golson and his wife could find only three condominiums within their price range of $250,000.
He offers mostly perspective rather than answers to dilemmas, acknowledging that life is not always as clear cut as a Sims video game.
“I’m at the 10,000-foot view right now. As far as specifics about what we need to do, I don’t have an answer to that,” he said.
Golson, 29, said he would represent a new generation of leadership, one that does not even use telephones very often.
“If you want to get a hold of me, texting is the best way,” Golson said.