Mayor Gray hires new manager for his re-election campaign

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJuly 22, 2014 

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray spoke after winning the mayoral primary on May 20.

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A former campaign staffer for Gov. Steve Beshear and an alumnus of Mayor Jim Gray's 2010 campaign has taken over the helm of Gray's re-election campaign.

Walker Mattox, who was communications director for Gray during his 2010 campaign, has been named campaign manager. Mattox replaces Rob Dible, who ran Gray's campaign during the primary. Dible left to take a position in another campaign out of state.

Gray said Tuesday that Dible's departure was amicable.

"Rob was recruited for another position because folks recognized his good work," Gray said.

Mattox started work July 10.

Mattox worked as information technology director for Beshear's 2007 run for governor. In addition to work on Gray's campaign, he worked on the successful 2011 campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes is currently trying to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Mattox also has been IT director for the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Democratic Party and for Beshear's office after Beshear was elected. He also has worked in the private sector.

Gray faces University of Kentucky administrator and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty on Nov. 4. Mattox said Tuesday that additional staff is likely to come on board as the campaign gears up for the November general election.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall.

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