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Newberry, Gray square off on several issues

It was their first face off.

On Thursday morning, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, and his opponent, Vice Mayor Jim Gray, squared off on several issues in their first debate heading into the November election.

Many issues were covered, and there's a bit of disagreement between the two.

Newberry and Gray debated everything from the local sales tax, to the water rate increase, to downtown development.

They were also questioned about their roles as mayor and vice mayor.

"The best competition elevates ideas and issues, and where we differed, they were on significant issues," Gray said. "The development of this city, the potential of our downtown, economic development."

"It's very easy to play the role of Monday morning quarterback, to look at what decision has been made and to second guess how it might more effectively have been done," Newberry said.

When asked about job creation, Gray says right now, he thinks there's not enough being done.

However, Newberry says job creation is evolving.

The two men also discussed the economic impact of the World Equestrian Games. Newberry says he's gotten remarkable positive feedback about Spotlight Lexington.

Gray says he wants to launch a website to help continue bringing visitors to the area.

Both Newberry and Gray say they are opposed to something like privatizing garbage pickup, and both agreed that putting cameras at red lights is a good idea.


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