Jim Gray

Stu Johnson

A crowd of a few dozen gathered in Lexington’s Triangle Park  Wednesday evening to remember those who died in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Mayor Jim Gray said people here mourn and grieve for those in Nevada who gathered together for a good time, a great American tradition, country music.  


Stu Johnson

A new Central Sector Roll Call facility for Lexington Police is twice the size of its former home not more than a block away. 

The mayor, several council members, and public safety officials participated in a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Industry Road site.


Stu Johnson

A Lexington council member says the unveiling of a new concession stand at a North End park means more than an updated building to sell snacks.

Mayor Jim Gray and Councilman James Brown participated in the opening Monday of the new concrete structure at Martin Luther King Park. 


Stu Johnson

Hundreds of people gathered in Lexington’s Courthouse Square Monday evening to remember those who died in Charlottesville Virginia this past weekend in connection with a white supremacists’ rally.  


AP via Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

The state of California has denied Lexington’s request to be exempted from a travel ban to Kentucky.  Mayor Jim Gray received a letter from the California Attorney General Thursday.


Lexington Homeless Shelter in Its New Home

May 24, 2017
Stu Johnson

The transformation of a well-known Lexington provider of services to the homeless is officially complete. 

Government, business, church, and volunteer representatives participated Wednesday in the ribbon-cutting for the new Catholic Action Center.


Stu Johnson

Mayor Jim Gray has appointed longtime realtor and lifelong Lexington resident Joe Smith to the Urban County Council representing the Second District.  

Smith’s appointment comes following the April resignation of Sasha Love Higgins.  

Love Higgins stepped down following felony theft indictments against her.


Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to Unveil Proposed Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year just prior to Tuesday’s council work session.  The city’s vice mayor doesn’t anticipate many new initiatives.  

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s mayor participated in a special flag-raising event Thursday.  As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, it marked the unveiling of the city’s first community spirit flag.   

Mayor Gray:  "I will tell you, that you all have confirmed, that if you got to get a tough job done, then give it to the students and the teachers, congratulations," Mayor Jim Gray’s comments just before the community spirit flag was hoisted up the pole at the Lexington Christian Academy.  

Kentucky.com

Following a weekend of reactions to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration into the U.S, Lexington’s mayor says the city will continue welcoming those who come into the community. 
 

Mayor Jim Gray reacted to the nationwide and international controversy in a series of tweets, beginning with the comment that (quote) “The President's actions have created unnecessary anxiety and unrest.His poorly developed plan divides the American people.”

Pablo Alcala, Lexington Herald-Leader

NOTE: Mayor Gray's entire "State of the City" address is here for listening & downloading.

Mayor Jim Gray says there are more people employed in the bluegrass city than at any time in the city’s history.  That was one of several points made during the mayor’s annual “State of the City” speech before government, business, education, and other civic leaders. 

Gray began his remarks saying he and City Council work together to further progress in Lexington.

Kentucky.com

Lexington’s programs to assist foreign-language-speaking residents are getting positive reactions from several city council members. 

Kentucky.com

Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor. The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul. 


Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor.  The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  Gray isn't showing his hand regarding political maneuvers in 2017.

When asked about future runs for office, Gray says he responds, "Today I’m happy as a clam right where I am."

Stu Johnson

Democrat Jim Gray fell short in his bid to upend incumbent GOP U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  But, the two-term Lexington mayor said Tuesday night he felt good about his showing in the statewide race. 

Rand Paul pulled in about 57 percent of the vote as he retained his Senate seat.  Considering how well the Republican presidential candidate did in the Commonwealth, Jim Gray felt his campaign fared well.  “What the margin shows is that we did really respectable considering how well in the presidential race Donald Trump did,” noted Gray.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates met Monday night on statewide television for the only debate of the 2016 campaign. Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appeared together on KET's "Kentucky Tonight.”


Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Media outlets report Gray released his economic agenda Monday at the United Auto Workers union hall in Louisville.

Gray says he wants to invest in infrastructure, broadband internet and education to bring more jobs and attract businesses to Kentucky. That includes repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges.

Gray Proposes Four Point Plan to Aid Coal Counties

Jul 26, 2016
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    Kentucky U.S. Democratic Senatorial Candidate Jim Gray is offering suggestions on ways to deal with coal job losses in eastern Kentucky.  Gray outlined his proposal during a stop in Pikeville Tuesday.

 

Lexington Police Honor Officers Killed in Dallas

Jul 8, 2016
Stu Johnson
WEKU News

The sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas has prompted public reaction in communities across the nation.  One such event occurred just before noon Friday in downtown Lexington.  The event took place just outside the police station door.  

Lexington police officers were advised to pull off the road at 11:45 and turn on emergency lights for one minute.  The mayor, police chief, and president of the NAACP bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

Gray Calls for Action on Assault Weapon Legislation

Jun 15, 2016
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U. S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says Congress should be doing more to prevent terrorist-related gun violence.  The Democratic challenger held a news briefing outside Senator Rand Paul’s Lexington office Wednesday. 

Gray told reporters he thinks people are distressed over continuing to see the headlines like they saw and heard on Sunday morning.  “We need to be doing something,” said Gray.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Wins U.S. Senate Primary

May 18, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is hoping to move from City Hall to Capitol Hill.  The Glasgow native took the first step in the race for U.S. Senate Tuesday with a Primary win over six competitors.

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Rand Paul is suspending his presidential campaign, saying that he’ll focus his energy on running for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

The pressure for Paul to drop out of the presidential race had been mounting after spending much of the past six months polling in the single digits.

Paul finished fifth in the Iowa Republican Caucus, taking 4.5 percent of the vote.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Ten Kentucky candidates have filed to run for U.S. Senate including the incumbent and the mayor of the state’s second largest city.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed candidacy papers Tuesday morning, just hours ahead of the deadline.

With family at his side and a room full of cameras and reporters, second term Gray signed his candidacy papers in the Secretary of State’s office.

Lexington Position to Oversee Construction Agenda

Jul 19, 2015
mswmag.com

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the hiring of a project management director is aimed at bringing efficiencies to 100 million dollars budgeted for construction. The mayor says the local government currently has no common template for project management.  He cites a number of current projects including a plan to develop a linear park through the downtown area, "Town Branch Commons, for restoring and renovating the old courthouse, plans to design a city hall that would allow the existing city hall to be repurposed."

Different Philosophies by the Two Men Who Would be Mayor

Oct 29, 2014
kentucky.com

    

In less than a week, Lexington voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead Urban County Government for the next four years.  Jim Gray wants to serve another term as mayor. Anthany Beatty would like to take over the reins. 

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage Wednesday night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Here's the audio from our radio broadcast: 

    

And, here's the video from LEX-18 TV's telecast;

Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

During their first formal forum Tuesday night, the candidates for Lexington mayor gave their two cents on a number of topics.  One of those issues was the militarization of local police departments.

The use of military equipment by local police remains a national subject of discussion.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says citizens count on police to respond to criminal matters in an ever changing society.  "The expectations of our police, of our law enforcement, individuals and agencies has increased, so the expectation is greater," said Gray.

Lexington Mayor Talks Jobs, Public Safety with Rotarians.

Aug 21, 2014
Stu Johnson / Weku News

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has climbed out of the recession.  Gray offered an assessment of his first three years in office to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  The first term mayor admits job creation efforts never end.  "Lexington has come out of the recession as a university city faster than other cities our size.  Now, we have many challenges ahead of us.  That's the nature of good management," said Gray.

Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race

May 21, 2014

The two-person field is set for Lexington's mayoral race.  Incumbent Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty will compete for the top job in Lexington government. 

Lexington Mayoral Candidates

May 18, 2014

In our series this week, all three candidates for mayor of Lexington responded to questions about the horse industry.

Danny Mayer

First, Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer who's making his first run for public office. 

Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

Danny Mayer's campaign website

Anthany Beatty

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