Lexington mayor faces two challengers

Anthany Beatty

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - There will be a Mayor's race in Lexington. Former police chief Anthany Beatty, Sr. filed to run on Tuesday and is challenging Mayor Jim Gray.

Beatty served as Lexington's police chief from 2001 to 2008. He was the city's first black police chief.

Beatty currently works as vice president of campus services at the University of Kentucky.

Beatty filed the necessary paperwork at Tuesday afternoon. Current mayor Jim Gray filed his papers about an hour later. A third candidate, Danny Mayer, has already filed to run. The top two vote getters in the May primary will move on to the general election in November.

Beatty released the following statement to WKYT about his decision to run:

“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. Together we must take in information, digest data, and think analytically to arrive at the best outcomes which will serve to propel us forward. 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!”

Gray said the campaign would be good for the people of Lexington.

"I'm running for mayor on experience and the last three years. I'm very proud of the last three years where we had to really tackle some tough challenges, financial challenges," he said. "We put our city back on solid financial ground and reformed our health insurance system."

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