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Lexington Mayor Announces Challenge to Rand Paul in U.S. Senate Race

The Mayor of Lexington announced on Tuesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Rand Paul in 2016.

Jim Gray, a Democrat and former chairman and CEO of Gray Construction, was elected mayor of Kentucky's second largest city in 2010 and reelected in 2014. He previously served on the Lexington City Council.

Paul, who is currently seeking the Republican Presidential nomination, is an eye surgeon from Bowling Green, is not expected to be his party's candidate for President and will instead be back in Kentucky to defend his Senate seat.

Democrats in Kentucky were widely expected to support former Auditor Adam Edelen in a battle for Paul's seat in the Senate, but Edelen was ousted in his own reelection bid during the Republican wave last year. He withdrew from consideration shortly after.

Gray announced his candidacy during a news conference on Tuesday morning, the last day to file for office.

His campaign posted this video announcement:

-Staff report

Photo: Jim Gray