Newberry leads fund-raising in Lexington mayoral race

Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has raised $500,000 in his re-election effort, according to campaign finance reports released Wednesday.

Vice Mayor Jim Gray, who is challenging Newberry in the May 18 primary, has raised $338,000, according to his report.

Former Mayor Teresa Isaac, the third major candidate in the race, trails the others with $67,000. In her successful 2002 primary campaign, Isaac spent the least, but got the most votes.

The reports, which give a picture of the financial side of the campaign a month away from the vote, show Newberry also has the most money on hand: $291,000.

Gray has $165,000. Isaac has $47,000.

Newberry's list of contributions included $500 each from former mayors Jim Amato and Scotty Baesler, $500 from Lexmark executive Paul Curlander and $1,000 from former Kentucky American Water president Roy Mundy.

The mayor's campaign said he had 931 contributors and had raised more than $30,000 online.

Contributions to Gray included $1,000 each from attorney Harry B. Miller Jr., developer Tim Haymaker and Alltech designer Deirdre Lyons, and $100 from author Ed McClanahan.

Gray's campaign noted that he had 785 donors for the reporting period, including 193 who gave online and 231 who gave less than $100, and that the average donation was $285.

Those who contributed to Isaac included former Urban County Council member Paul Brooks, $600; Jack Burch, director of the Community Action Center, $99; the Rev. A.M. Pennybacker, $100; and former Vice Mayor Ann Ross, $75.