FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington mayor Jim Gray filed paperwork Monday making his run for U.S. Congress official.
Mayor Gray is hoping to blur party lines, and bring in enough votes to not only win the primaries, but beat Republican incumbent Andy Barr.
On Monday, Gray went through the formalities of the race, as he registered with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' office.
The 6th Congressional District spans 19 counties, some of which have historically held a strong red majority. But Gray says he has a plan to turn those counties blue.
"Every Democratic idea isn't a good one, and every Republican idea isn't a bad one. You appeal to voters one at a time," said Gray. "They care about their families, they care about the future of Kentucky. I believe that's the way we ought to look at all of the issues that we're facing."
Primary Election Day is May 22 in Kentucky. The other Democrats in the race are State Senator Reggie Thomas, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath, Geoff Young and Theodore David Green.