Linda Gorton defeats Ronnie Bastin in Lexington mayoral race

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Linda Gorton has defeated challenger Ronnie Bastin and won the race to be Lexington’s next mayor.

Bastin called Gorton shortly after 7 p.m. to concede the race.

Gorton has lead a 16-year-career serving on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, and has previously served as the city’s vice mayor for four years.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Mayor Jim Gray endorsed Gorton to replace him, after previously announcing he was not seeking another term in office.

The race for Lexington’s top job had both Gorton and Bastin sparring over issues like public safety, the city’s crime rate, urban development and the state’s opioid crisis.

During her address to her supporters Tuesday night Gorton said she is ready to get to work in Lexington.

"I'm convinced that under my leadership, Lexington will continue to grow as a hub for high tech jobs, in business and agriculture. My aim is sustainable growth. My administration will honor Lexington's long history of innovative land use," said Gorton.

While Bastin was hopeful for a favorable outcome tonight, he said he still plans to ship his full support behind Gorton during her time as mayor.

"Just a few minutes ago I got off the phone with Linda Gorton to congratulate her on her victory. I'll do all I can to support her in her work as mayor," said Bastin. "I love this city. I love its people, and I thank you for the great honor of serving for the past 40 years."

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