Jim Gray

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

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 primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent 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 Martin discusses some of the study's findings and its vision with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

lexingtonky.gov

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.