Mayor Jim Newberry received the endorsement of 75 former Lexington athletes Thursday. The mayor's campaign says the list includes well-known names such as Tim Couch, Jack Givens, Dan Issel, Kenny Walker and Bill Ransdell.
About a dozen of the athletes joined Mayor Newberry at the corner of South Limestone and Maxwell Street to announce their endorsement.
John Hampton, former University of Kentucky baseball player and current NCAA basketball referee said, “I make a living making hard calls. This is not a hard call. Mayor Newberry is the only choice for mayor on November 2nd.”
Former quarterback for the University of Kentucky, Talbot Todd spoke about the difference between Mayor Newberry and his opponent.
“There’s a huge difference in being the quarterback with the game on the line and making the critical calls. And doing all this when the game’s in progress and not when its over,” Todd said. “We call that other position a Monday morning quarterback. I guess you know who I am talking about.”
The athlete’s endorsement is the third endorsement Mayor Newberry has received this week. On Wednesday, Lexington’s Carpenters Local 1650 and the Millwrights Local 1031 endorsed Newberry’s re-election bid.
“I am extremely appreciative and proud of the wide range of support my campaign continues to build,” Mayor Jim Newberry said. “I have worked hard to put the failed politics of the past behind us and to tackle the tough problems facing our community. People often tell me they are amazed at the amount of progress we’ve made. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next four years together.”