A former Lexington councilman who ran unsuccessfully in a recent state Senate race will run for a council at-large seat.
Richard Moloney, who served seven terms on the Urban County Council and has experience in state and local government, announced Thursday that he will run for an at-large seat. The top vote getter in that citywide race becomes vice mayor.
Moloney was the state's commissioner of Housing, Building and Construction under Gov. Steve Beshear and became chief administrative officer and later Lexington's commissioner for Environmental Quality and Public Works under Mayor Jim Gray.
He retired as commissioner at the end of October. Moloney ran as an independent in the special election to replace Sen. Kathy Stein in the 13th Senate District. Reggie Thomas, a Democrat, beat Moloney and Republican Michael Johnson on Dec. 10 in a special election.