Jim Gray

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...

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. He says state residents are "living today on the...

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. Jim Gray says the number of coal jobs in eastern Kentucky is at the lowest level in 118 years. But, he says his experience in constructing manufacturing plants across Kentucky indicates new industries can come to Appalachia. Gray says his plan centers on four key points. “Making investments in...

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. Police Chief Mark Barnard and his...

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. Gray backs what he called the “terrorist gun loophole legislation” which he says would prevent those on...

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. Gray, in his second term as mayor of the state’s second largest city, told supporters he worked with Democrats and Republicans at City Hall to turn a deficit into a surplus. The construction company exec-turned politician says the same approach can work in Washington. He took swipes at his incumbent...

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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. Gray made some prepared remarks after the filing in the capitol foyer. He began with comments about growing up in the...

Lexington Position to Oversee Construction Agenda

Jul 19, 2015
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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...

Different Philosophies by the Two Men Who Would be Mayor

Oct 29, 2014
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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. Mayor Jim Gray likes to talk about restoring Lexington's financial health, adding jobs, and police and fire pension reform. Gray considers these the successes of his current term. However, the incumbent says being mayor is mostly about the daily grind "So, I often...

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;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgccdlmOwhE&feature=youtu.be

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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,...

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 says illegal drug use remains the primary factor in violent crime in his...

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 Anthany Beatty is a former Lexington Chief of Police and current Vice President of Campus Services and...

John Hingsbergen

This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety. This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky. This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014 . They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.

The two top vote-getters in the...

John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. I ncumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.

Lexington Mayoral Race Becomes Three Person Field

Jan 28, 2014
Stu Johnson

The contest to become mayor of Lexington is now a three person race. The field includes a former police chief and an English professor as well as the incumbent.

While Lexington and Louisville remain rivals in many areas, the mayors of both cities continue to move forward on a mutually beneficial economic partnership. They formed the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM). They commissioned the Washington, D.C. think tank, The Brookings Institution, to conduct a study into the feasibility of creating a 22-county economic region, anchored by Lexington to the east and Louisville to the west.

In this week's Focus on Business, Tom...

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Lexington’s mayor would like the city to have the ability to support specific projects with dedicated tax funds. This was one of many of items in Mayor Jim Gray’s state of the city address, delivered Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Lexington Forum.