Updated 1 year ago
Mayor Jim Gray gathered with supporters this evening at Buster's to announce he will seek another term as Mayor of Lexington, KY in 2014.
Citing a deep love for Lexington and a desire to continue building a Great American City, Mayor Gray indicated the decision was an easy one.
"Many people have asked me, 'so Jim what are you gonna do in a couple of years'" said Mayor Gray, "Well, actually, I'm here to tell you I love getting things done, tackling tough problems, and I want to stay on the job, so I'm running for re-election in 2014!"
Mayor Gray continues to focus on building a Great American City through creative economic development, running government efficiently, protecting our neighborhoods, and growing Lexington in a responsible way.
Since taking office in January 2011, Mayor Gray has worked to address budget deficits totaling $35 million. Cutting through politics and governing efficiently, savings were realized through tough cuts and innovative solutions, eliminating non-essential positions and working to balance the city's rising healthcare costs. Lexington is running leaner and smarter than ever before.
Gray has also lead in bringing new jobs to Lexington, as evidenced by the recent 250 job announcement by Boston-based law firm Bingham McCutchen to locate its global operations center in Lexington.
Lexington's downtown has also experienced rapid revitalization under Gray's first two years in office, marked especially by the announcement in April by 21c Museum/Hotels to renovate the Old First National Bank building into a modern hotel and contemporary art museum.
"A whole lot has changed in two years, but I always believed in one thing: when people feel better about their city, they will feel better about themselves. And we are doing just that. We are onto something." said Mayor Gray.