Lexington, Kentucky municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Lexington, Kentucky held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014.[1]

All fifteen city council seats were up for election.

In the races for mayor and Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12, incumbents ran for re-election. Districts 3, 6 and 8, however, were open seats. In the at-large race, the only incumbent was Steve Kay.

Urban development and crime were some of the major issues that shaped Lexington's 2014 election cycle.

Mayor

Candidate list

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Lexington Mayoral General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gray Incumbent 65.2% 57,897
Anthany Beatty, Sr. 34.8% 30,854
Total Votes 88,751
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington Mayoral Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gray Incumbent 56.6% 25,439
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthany Beatty, Sr. 37.9% 17,033
Danny Mayer 5.5% 2,459
Total Votes 44,931
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results

City Council

Candidate list

At-large

Note: Incumbent Linda Gorton did not run for re-election.

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 1

November 4 General election candidates:

  • Chris Ford Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Ford was first elected in 2010.

District 2

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 3

Note: Incumbent Diane Lawless did not run for re-election.

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 4

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 5

November 4 General election candidates:

District 6

Note: Incumbent Kevin O. Stinnett did not run for re-election.

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 7

May 20 Primary election candidates:

Note: Ismael Shalash initially filed to run but did not appear on the primary election ballot.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 8

Note: Incumbent George Myers did not run for re-election.

May 20 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 9

November 4 General election candidates:

District 10

November 4 General election candidates:

District 11

November 4 General election candidates:

  • Peggy Henson Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Henson was first appointed to the council in 2008.

District 12

November 4 General election candidates:

  • Ed Lane Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Lane was first elected in 2004.

Election results

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Lexington City Council At-Large General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Kay Incumbent 20.4% 36,560
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin O. Stinnett Incumbent 19.4% 34,817
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Moloney 19% 34,101
Bill Cegelka 15% 26,954
Chris Logan 13.9% 24,927
Jon Larson 12.2% 21,955
Total Votes 179,314
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 2 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShevawn Akers Incumbent 55% 3,028
Michael Stuart 45% 2,479
Total Votes 5,507
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 3 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJ. "Jake" Gibbs 66.9% 2,499
Chuck Ellinger, II 33.1% 1,238
Total Votes 3,737
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 4 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Lamb 65.8% 4,133
Julian Beard Incumbent 34.2% 2,146
Total Votes 6,279
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 6 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Evans 60.4% 3,701
Tom Hern 39.6% 2,426
Total Votes 6,127
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 7 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Scutchfield 51.1% 3,203
Michael Moynahan 48.9% 3,060
Total Votes 6,263
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 8 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred V. Brown 57.3% 3,071
LeTonia A. Jones 42.7% 2,289
Total Votes 5,360
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 9 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Mossotti Incumbent 67.3% 5,650
Victoria Fath 32.7% 2,749
Total Votes 8,399
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District 10 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Mays Bledsoe 52.2% 4,571
Harry Clarke Incumbent 47.8% 4,178
Total Votes 8,749
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results

Lexington City Council At-Large Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Kay Incumbent 14.8% 16,052
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin O. Stinnett Incumbent 13.1% 14,174
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Moloney 15.3% 16,644
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cegelka 11.7% 12,650
Chris Logan 9.2% 10,035
Jon Larson 7.2% 7,791
Don B. Pratt 6.6% 7,205
Connie Kell 6.6% 7,158
Shannon Buzard 5% 5,470
Jerry C. Moody 3.2% 3,505
Ray DeBolt 2.7% 2,891
Kenner "Pete" Dyer 2.3% 2,507
Jacob D. Slaughter 2.3% 2,448
Total Votes 108,530
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District District 2 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShevawn Akers Incumbent 46.3% 1,440
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Stuart 30.4% 944
Byron Costner 23.3% 724
Total Votes 3,108
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District District 3 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Ellinger, II Incumbent 26.8% 564
Green check mark transparent.pngJ. "Jake" Gibbs 54.6% 1,149
Rock Daniels 18.6% 392
Total Votes 2,105
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District District 4 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulian Beard Incumbent 35.1% 1,110
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Lamb 47.2% 1,493
Barry Saturday 17.8% 563
Total Votes 3,166
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District District 6 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Evans 50.7% 1,709
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Hern 23.4% 789
Darren Hawkins 17.3% 583
Jon Bush 8.7% 292
Total Votes 3,373
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results
Lexington City Council District District 8 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred V. Brown 35.6% 980
Green check mark transparent.pngLeTonia A. Jones 25.7% 707
Amy Beasley 19.8% 546
Dave Vinson 18.8% 518
Total Votes 2,751
Source: Fayette County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results

Issues

As Lexington's 2014 election took shape, several key issues began to emerge. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they were and how they impacted the city's 2014 municipal elections.

Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

Urban development

One issue concerned urban development. Throughout his first term as mayor, incumbent Jim Gray focused heavily on revitalizing downtown Lexington by pushing for a new 46-acre downtown arts and entertainment district, which included an effort to revitalize the city's major entertainment and sports complex, Rupp Arena (see image right).[2] Gray argued that downtown revitalization would help stimulate the city's economy, saying, "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] Some, however, such as Gray's mayoral opponent Anthany Beatty, Sr., criticized these efforts, saying that they came at the expense of Lexington's neighborhoods and surrounding areas.[4] City council candidates also weighed in on the issue, with some expressing support while other voiced criticisms similar to those of Beatty's.[5]

Crime

Crime, too, was a significant issue in Lexington. In the summer of 2014, the city experienced a spike in murders and violent crimes. At a candidate forum on September 5, 2014, hosted by the Fayette Alliance, Fayette County Farm Bureau and the Fayette County Neighborhood Council, the question of how to prevent future violent crimes in the city was front-and-center. Gray pointed out that his downtown revitalization project would help alleviate this problem by rehabilitating traditionally high crime areas. He also noted that budgetary savings under his administration have allowed the city to hire more police officers. Conversely, Beatty claimed that police staffing levels were far too low and that the number of active police officers in Lexington needed to be increased.[5]

Lexington's city council candidates added additional layers to the conversation about crime. At-large candidates Richard Moloney and Bill Cegelka, for example, said at a candidate forum in September that neighborhood-specific police units had proven effective in the past. District 6 incumbent turned 2014 at-large candidate Kevin O. Stinnett noted that a combination of additional police resources, better jobs and education was needed.[5]

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