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Beatty Thanks Supporters for Efforts in Mayoral Campaign

Lexington’s Mayoral election concludes with a second term for incumbent Jim Gray.  His challenger, however, still sees his campaign as a success. 

Retired Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty joined supporters, volunteers, and his extended family at the Beaumont YMCA to await the results of the city’s mayoral election.  By Tuesday night, he took 35% of the vote.  Despite this loss, Beatty still considers his campaign successful.  

"We feel like we’ve made a change for Lexington and it’s all going to be better because we brought issues to light and had a healthy discussion about the issues that matter," he said. 

These issues include public safety, traffic,, unemployment and downtown development.  In his concession speech, he thanked his volunteers for their constant support, particularly in the final weeks leading up to the election.  According to his wife Eunice, they were key to getting the message out. 

"I can say truly we won with our grassroots effort, with the number of volunteers, the kinds of commitment, the kinds of things that they did.  I truly think that we won hands down with the number of volunteers," she said. 

The Beattys concluded by calling on supporters to stay politically active, saying that the right to vote ensures that elected officials stay accountable to the people.   

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.