Fayette County

Lexington's mayor, vice mayor, council members to be sworn in Sunday at Lexington Center

Mayor Jim Gray celebrated with supporters on Nov. 4 after being elected to a second term.
Mayor Jim Gray celebrated with supporters on Nov. 4 after being elected to a second term. Lexington Herald-Leader

Mayor Jim Gray, incoming Vice Mayor Steve Kay and the newly elected Urban County Council will be sworn in Sunday at the Lexington Center.

"The council and I are looking forward to the ceremony and to the exciting opportunities ahead," Gray said in a written release. "We're committed to working together for Lexington and its citizens."

Fayette Circuit Judge Kim Bunnell will swear in the mayor, vice mayor and the council. Newly appointed Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen will formally introduce Gray.

The event is free and open to the public. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be live entertainment throughout the ceremony and a reception will follow at 3:30 p.m.

New members of the council include J. "Jake" Gibbs in District 3, Susan Lamb in District 4, Angela Evans in District 6, Fred V. Brown in District 8 and Amanda Mays Bledsoe in District 10.

Richard Moloney, who has previously served on council, will be sworn in as an at-large member along with Kevin Stinnett, who is completing his fifth term as council member for District 6. Kay, who received the most votes in the at-large race Nov. 4, will be sworn is as vice mayor. He is completing his first four-year term as an at-large member.

Returning council members are Chris Ford in District 1, Shevawn Akers in District 2, Bill Farmer Jr. in District 5, Jennifer Scutchfield in District 7, Jennifer Mossotti in District 9, Peggy Henson in District 11 and Ed Lane in District 12.

Gray is raising private funds to pay for the inauguration, said Walker Mattox, Gray's former campaign manager. Mattox said the group had filed paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to raise money for the inauguration ceremony.

Donations for the inauguration will be reported to the registry, and those donations will be made public. Inauguration committees must report their fundraising activities to the registry on a quarterly basis.

Gray became the first mayor in 16 years to win a second term when he won in a landslide over former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty on Nov. 4. Gray received 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Beatty.

Gray raised more money than Beatty during the general election by a margin of almost 5 to 1, according to campaign finance reports filed with the registry in early December. Gray raised more than $690,815 during the general election campaign. Beatty raised $140,021, according to a report filed Dec. 4.