Teresa Isaac has met with the two people still competing to be Lexington's next mayor, and she is asking her Facebook friends for advice on whom to endorse.
Isaac, a former mayor, finished third and out of the running in last week's primary.
She received 16.6 percent of the vote. Mayor Jim Newberry received 43.7 percent and Vice Mayor Jim Gray got 35.7 percent.
In a message Tuesday presumably sent to the 5,000 friends on one of her three Facebook pages, Isaac wrote, "I have met with the two Jims and am in the process of deciding which one to endorse for November. Your input is welcome. Thanks!"
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She quickly received two responses. One said she should endorse neither, and one said she would lose that friend's vote if she endorsed Newberry. The latter comment had been removed from the page by Wednesday afternoon.
In a prepared statement, Isaac did not elaborate on the meetings or her deliberations, saying, "I'm working on a conclusion about my endorsement, but I always want to know what my supporters think."
Newberry declined to comment, responding to several questions about his meeting with Isaac by saying, "It was private."
Gray said he met with Isaac Monday.
"It was great to meet with her, to get her ideas and insights," he said. "I continue to try to build my support after the primary win, and that of course includes Teresa and her supporters."
Gray said he told Isaac that the two of them shared the same kinds of constituents, which he described as "the small-businesses interests, the regular citizens and taxpayers."
Did they discuss a role for Isaac in a Gray administration?
"I'm working to make city hall transparent, and that means building a broad coalition, not back-room deals," Gray said.
When Isaac won the mayor's race in 2002, Gray didn't make it past the primary. He later endorsed her in her race against Urban County Councilman Scott Crosbie. In the current race, Crosbie supports Gray.
It is not clear how effective endorsements are in a contest like this.
When Gray endorsed Isaac in 2002, he recorded telephone calls supporting her, and she thanked him on the night of her victory.
Four years ago, Councilman Bill Farmer finished third in the primary and endorsed Isaac, who had come out of the primary with a small lead over Newberry.
Newberry won handily that fall.