Lexington, Kentucky municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Lexington, Kentucky will hold 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] Seven of the 15 city council seats are up for election.

Two of the most prominent issues in Lexington's 2014 municipal elections are urban planning and public safety. 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 a now suspended effort to revitalize the city's major entertainment and sports complex, Rupp Arena (see image below).[2] Gray has argued that downtown revitalization will 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., have criticized these efforts, saying that they have come at the expense of Lexington's neighborhoods and surrounding areas.[4]

Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

Crime too has also become a significant issue in the race. 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. City council candidates also weighed in on the issue at the same forum. At-large candidate Richard Moloney said 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. At-large candidate Bill Cegelka argued along similar lines to that of Moloney, speaking in favor of neighborhood-specific police units.[5]

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District 2

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District 3

Note: Incumbent Diane Lawless is not running for re-election.

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District 4

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District 6

Note: Incumbent Kevin O. Stinnett is running for an At-Large seat.

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District 7

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

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District 8

Note: Incumbent George Myers is not running for re-election.

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At-large

Note: Incumbent Linda Gorton is not running for re-election.

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