Road to Minden Mayor’s office 40 years in the making

Terry Gardner came to Minden in 1978 with a $500 loan from his brother and a job with Philip Morris USA. Forty years later, he’s been married to his wife Debbie for 25 years, owns three businesses and is about to take the reigns as mayor of Minden.

Gardner grew up in Shreveport with a civically engaged mother. Her involvement inspired his interest in politics.

“My mother was very politically involved in Shreveport, where I grew up. She was involved in mayoral elections, governor’s elections. She was the state president

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