Jim Newberry has raised and spent more money than Jim Gray in their race to be Lexington's next mayor.
The Gray campaign points out that Newberry got an earlier start.
Reports filed Tuesday show that Newberry, the incumbent, raised $587,000 in the primary.
Gray, the vice mayor, raised $481,000, but that included a $100,000 loan he had earlier made to his own campaign.
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Together, the two have raised more than $1 million for a job that pays about $120,000 a year.
Gray's campaign treasurer, Linda Breathitt, noted that Newberry already had $269,000 in his campaign chest when Gray entered the race late last year. That means the fund-raising gap is narrowing, she said.
"Jim is totally committed to a competitive campaign and all the resources required to win," Breathitt said. "This is when the real campaign begins, and we have been doing very well with our general election fund-raising. We are on target."
In a reference to Gray's loan to his campaign, Newberry campaign manager, Lance Blanford, said, "Vice Mayor Gray received his largest campaign donation when he had breakfast with himself."
Blanford also said Newberry "has continued to receive donations large and small from a broad base of support throughout Lexington, and for that we are greatly appreciative."
Newberry enters the fall campaign with $35,000 on hand, his report said. Gray has $25,000.
Newberry and Gray were the two top finishers in the May 18 primary, so they will face each other in the general election Nov. 2.
Newberry received 43.7 percent of the vote to Gray's 35.7. Former Mayor Teresa Isaac got 16.6 percent and was eliminated, as was businessman Skip Horine, who got 4 percent.
In the most recent report, which covers the period from 15 days before the primary to 30 days after, Newberry collected $37,000 from contributors. Gray collected $20,000.
Newberry's most recent list of contributors included Woodford County horse breeder Josephine Abercrombie ($500), Bourbon County horseman Arthur Hancock ($250) and Daniel Logsdon Jr., the incoming Kentucky Democratic Party chairman ($500). The Herald-Leader reported this week that Logsdon, an adviser to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, had previously given money to Republican candidates. The Lexington mayor's race is non-partisan, but both Newberry and Gray are registered Democrats.
Gray's most recent contributors included David Harrod of Harrod Concrete ($1,000), horse breeder John Sikura ($500) and garden designer Jon Carloftis ($250).
Where's the money going? A lot of it is being used to influence your vote.
Newberry reported spending nearly $85,000 on radio and television advertising in the most recent reporting period.
Gray's major expense was $47,000 for several direct mailings.
Gray has been the biggest-spending candidate in both his unsuccessful 2002 race for mayor and the 2006 Urban County Council at-large race that landed him in the vice mayor's chair.