Lexington mayor's race must focus on future
The candidates for Lexington mayor have made one thing emphatically clear: They have a low opinion of each other's performance in office.
The most memorable thing about Mayor Jim Newberry's victory speech was the sneering attack on Vice Mayor Jim Gray that made Newberry look like a sore winner.
Certainly, the candidates have to run on their records and we wouldn't expect them to stop picking over the past.
But both Jims — Newberry and Gray — should remember that this race is about Lexington's future.
Voters need to hear their competing visions for where the city should go and how each of them proposes to get there.
Tuesday's primary produced two highly qualified candidates for mayor; the race promises to be extremely competitive.
Lexington's voters, traditionally engaged and intelligent, will soon weary of overly negative campaigns. The winner might well be the Jim who can kindle the most excitement about the future.
Incumbents survive despite voter angst
If this is a "throw all the rascals out" year in politics, you couldn't tell if from Tuesday's primary election results. Most all of the "rascals" who faced opposition survived.
Among them were Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and the two incumbent at-large members of the Urban County Council.
Other Fayette County survivors included District Judge Maria Ransdell, county Judge-Executive Sandra Varellas, Sheriff Kathy Witt and Property Valuation Administrator David O'Neill.
Incumbent mayors in Georgetown, Richmond, Paris and Winchester will be on the November ballot despite facing multiple challengers in the primary.
In General Assembly races, all six incumbent senators facing primary opposition won.
And just two of the 14 House members with primary opponents lost.
Voters may want to throw some "rascals" out but apparently not their own — not in the primary at least.