His opinion on city council’s behind-closed door meetings was in reference to Lockhart’s strong feelings concerning transparency in government, the platform that guided him to be the next mayor of Forest Park.
After he and former Forest Park Councilwoman Sparkle Adams finished as the top two candidates in the special mayoral election to replace Mayor Corine Deyton who resigned the position, Lockhart defeated Adams April 16 in the runoff, taking 462 votes to Adams’ 347.
The 37-year-old attorney, who is married with four children ages 14, 12 nine and five, said from the outset of his campaign that his entrance into the race was “not about me, but about giving Forest Park voters an alternative.”
He will take the oath of office May 6.
Although his successful law practice keeps him “up to my neck in work,” the time he has to spend with his wife and children are at a premium but those moments are special to him.
“Many times my work gets me at my office very early in the morning and keeps me here sometimes pretty late,” he said. “However, I feel that every hour I am working for a client will hopefully benefit that client well and it is my intention to work just as hard for Forest Park residents and businesses.”
Although his work keeps him at his office for many hours daily, he feels it is an outward sign of what he hopes to instill in his children.
“I want them to see that hard work and the sacrifices one has to make because of it is part of the pathway to be successful in one’s chosen career,” he added.
However, Lockhart somehow finds the time to remain close to his family as he coaches youth football for one of his sons which he has done for several years.
In addition, he also teaches Sunday school at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park.
“I just enjoy working with children because our children are our future and it is up to us in this generation to help guide them and be as good a role model to them as possible,’ he said.
Although being mayor will add to his workload, Lockhart is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Forest Park in what he called an “open, transparent and responsible way.”