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Lexington mayor Jim Gray running for Congress in Kentucky

Lexington mayor Jim Gray running for Congress in Kentucky

'This is why I'm running for Congress. Lexington, fortunately, is on the right path.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is announcing Tuesday he's running for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District against three-term GOP Rep.

'We need to bring people together; we need to reach across partisan lines, ' Gray said in his announcement. Reggie Thomas (D) and retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the party's May primary election.

Gray has served almost two terms as Mayor of Lexington.

For his opening campaign remarks, Gray highlighted hot-button issues in national politics - framing Kentuckians as left behind. "Healthcare costs are rising". Wages aren't growing fast enough to keep up. According to Politico, Gray received over 40 percent of the primary vote in 114 out of the state's 120 counties, resting in the thirty-percentile range in the remaining six: Pendleton, Martin, Kenton, Gallatin, Campbell, and Boone.

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Gray mounted an unsuccessful run to overtake Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Democrats have been coveting the 6th Congressional district for years. The Democrat would have been the first openly gay man to serve in the Senate - a fact that drew little interest from voters on the trail previous year.

"If Jim Gray spent half the time doing his job as Mayor that he's spent thinking about what office he can run for next Lexington would be in much better shape".

Watch Gray's speech below.


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