A hat in the ring for Folsom City Council belongs to teacher Michael Gordon. Gordon, 38, has instructed in advanced-placement government at Del Campo High School for eight years. He currently serves on the Folsom Planning Commission. Gordon is interested in recruiting progressive firms to Folsom to transit through tough money times. “In these precarious economic times, you have to take advantage of recruiting quality businesses, alternative-energy and biotech firms,” Gordon said. “These types of businesses allow for higher-paying jobs. We have to reinvent ourselves economically, and make sure we listen to current thinking.” Gordon holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education, from Northeastern University and National University, respectively. “In 1992-93, I was a researcher on health care for President Clinton,” Gordon said. “I interned for Sen. Kennedy when I was going to Northeastern.” Gordon said the number two plank in his platform is more money for public safety. “It’s necessary to fund for law enforcement to reduce burglaries,” he said. He counts his stint on the planning commission valuable for Folsom partly in its allowing him to form friendships with prominent area lawmakers. “The time on the planning commission generated relationships with several area legislators, to achieve goals for the city of Folsom through economically and fiscally intelligent policies,” he said. Gordon also a director on the Folsom Athletic Association governing board. The association advocates for improvements to athletic facilities in the city.