Jim Gray (Kentucky)

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Jim Gray
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Mayor of Lexington
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University (1996)
Office website
Jim Gray is the current Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky. He was first elected in 2010.[1]


Gray earned his B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1996 and served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. His professional experience includes working as CEO of Gray Construction.[1]


Urban development

Downtown revitalization was a focal point for Gray during his first term. This included plans for a 46 acre downtown arts and entertainment district and a now suspended effort to revitalize the city's major entertainment and sports complex, Rupp Arena.[2] Gray argued that downtown revitalization will help stimulate the city's economy. In regards to the renovation up Rupp Arena, for example, he stated, "This project goes far beyond our city limits [...] we can take the next step forward to elevate our brand, and grow jobs and economic opportunity."[3]



See also: Lexington, Kentucky municipal elections, 2014

Elections for mayor of Lexington, Kentucky will be held on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. In the primary, Danny Mayer lost to Anthany Beatty, Sr. and incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty and Gray will face each other in the general election.[4][5]


In the 2010 general election for mayor, Gray defeated incumbent Jim Newberry and Will McGinnis.

Mayor of Lexington, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gray 53.3% 42,856
Jim Newberry Incumbent 46.7% 37,560
Will McGinnis 0% 19
Total Votes 80,435
Source: Fayette County Clerk - Official 2010 Election Results

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Preceded by
Jim Newberry
Mayor of Lexington
Succeeded by