Jim Gray says he'll lead Lexington as a fiscal conservative

11/12/2010 07:23 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor-elect Jim Gray dismissed the notion that he is philosophically more liberal than the man he unseated last week, Jim Newberry. And Gray said he will bring a fiscally conservative approach to city hall.

Gray and Newberry are both registered Democrats who ran in the non-partisan mayor’s race. Gray’s victory was seen by some as an outlier in the 2010 election results that saw conservatives sweep into many offices on all levels, from county judge executives in Bracken, Lyon and Gallatin counties to state legislative seats to the U.S. Congress.

But Gray also spent a large chunk of money, much of it from his own bank account, to defeat Newberry.

Among the highlights from a wide-ranging interview a few days after his victory, Gray talks about his philosophy and his approach to trying to attract jobs to the Lexington area:

(Programming Note: On Monday’s edition of Pure Politics, we’ll have a bit more from Gray, who talks about what’s next for the vacant block in downtown where the CentrePointe development is slated to go).

- Reporting by Kenny Colston


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