Lexington mayoral candidates hold first debate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The three men vying for four years in Lexington's top spot fielded a number of questions, on a number of topics, with two minutes or less to get their point across.

For the first time, the candidates for mayor came together together to debate the issues they'll be confronted with until May 20th, and beyond.

From addressing the impact that the renovations to Rupp Arena and the convention center will have on downtown business...

"What this is all about being competitive. This project is all about creating jobs," said Mayor Jim Gray.

...to the perceived level of criminal activity in the city...

"We do know that you have a higher chance of being a victim of violent crime in Lexington than you did a few years ago. So we regressed in what we were doing, we are doing, in terms of making Lexington safe," said former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty.

...and the city's pension policy.

"What I would like to see is a way to be able to have some sort of a phased retirement that would be emphasized a little bit better," said Danny Mayer, who is an English professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

A few members of the audience also got to ask the candidates questions, before the Lexington Forum-sponsored debate came to an end. It's one of several chances the public will have to see where each man stands before the May 20th primary election.

Moderator Tom Martin let out of the bag that there will be another debate hosted sometime closer to general election time.

The two with the top votes in the May primary will be on the ballot for the general election in November.

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