Mayor Jim Gray asks people to 'Vote Lexington' on Huffington Post site

bfortune@herald-leader.comFebruary 20, 2013 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, shown giving the 2013 State of the Merged Government address last month, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer were in Frankfort on Tuesday to tout a local-option sales tax and legislative approval of public pension reforms.

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Mayor Jim Gray asked Lexington residents to "Vote Lexington" on the Huffington Post website for the city's entry in the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition for the best ideas to improve cities.

The Huffington Post and Bloomberg Philanthropies have partnered to give readers an opportunity to select their favorite idea among the 20 finalists. The opportunity to vote was announced Wednesday on the Huffington Post website.

Lexington's entry in the contest is up against ideas from 19 other cities nationwide.

Lexington's idea is to create, a website that offers a continuing way to tap into residents' ideas for innovative solutions to challenges facing the city and for improving city life.

The website would not be a bulletin board where residents post ideas that go into a black hole, Gray said when he announced Lexington's entry. It's about getting interaction from citizens on what the issues are and what some of the solutions could be.

CitizenLex is a way to get informed citizen engagement, he said.

The top four cities will receive $1 million each; the first-place winner takes home $5 million. The winner of the Mayors Challenge will be named in the spring.

Voting opened Wednesday and will continue through March 6. Go to The Huffington Post features an essay by Gray about CitizenLex.

For more information about CitizenLex, go to the city's Web site at

Beverly Fortune: (859) 231-3251. Twitter: @BFortune2010.

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