Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty Will Try to Unseat Mayor Jim Gray

Jan 28, 2014

Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.

Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photoFormer Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.Edit | Remove

"In order for Lexington to reach its highest mark, every Lexington citizen must have a voice, and everyone must be willing to hear the opinions and input of all who may be impacted by the decisions we make as a city," Beatty said in a statement accompanying a news release.

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"Lexington has the people and places that can and will allow us to progressively and productively plan for many decades to come, but we can only be successful with extraordinary leadership.

"I am that leadership and want to be your candidate of choice: Lexington’s next mayor."

Beatty, 62, is a Lexington native who graduated from Henry Clay High School. He earned degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University.

He was Lexington’s first black police chief before he was hired as vice president for campus services and public safety at the University of Kentucky.

Beatty said his campaign kickoff will be "coming soon."

Gray's campaign manager, Rob Dible, said Gray will talk with the media at 1 p.m. Tuesday at his company, Gray Construction, and Gray plans to file his candidacy papers at the clerk's office at 1:30 p.m.

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