Gray, Beatty to face off for Lexington mayor in November

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Primary results are in for Lexington mayor. Incumbent Jim Gray and former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty will face off in a November election.

Gray got 57% of the votes, at 25,439. Beatty raked in 17,033, with 38%. Danny Mayer came in at 5% with 2,459 votes.

The candidates didn't waste time making sure their votes were cast. Both incumbent mayor Jim Gray and challenger Danny Mayer were at their precincts just after the polls opened at 6 a.m.

They, along with Gray's other challenger, former police chief Anthany Beatty, are looking forward to seeing how the people of Lexington vote.

"We worked very hard as a grassroots effort to get our message out to connect with the citizens of Lexington. We're hoping, and we feel, that this will be a very close election," Beatty told us Tuesday.

"Who knows about these things. At this point, it's in the hands of the voters," Mayer commented.

"In a sense, people tell you whether they think you've done a good job, a credible job, a responsible job, and they want you in the next race. It's, in a sense, a day of accountability," Gray said Tuesday.

Election officials were hoping the nice weather would attract people to the polls.

"Everybody should be out for these elections. It's a critical thing. If it's not everybody voting, it's not representative," Steven Brown, a Lexington voter, said Tuesday.

The secretary of state's office expected 30% or less voter turnout. The Fayette County Clerk's Office tells us there have not been any problems reported from the precincts.

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