Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has launched his first TV ad in his re-election effort, claiming he has quieted the “chaos at City Hall” he inherited in 2006.
The 30-second ad includes comments from former Mayor Scotty Baesler and businessman Alan Stein, president of the Lexington Legends baseball team.
“Jim Newberry has been a steady hand on the wheel,” Baesler said.
“Mayor Newberry made the government more efficient,” said Stein.
The ad claims Newberry has saved taxpayers $12 million a year, reduced government payroll by 200 positions and created more than 2,300 jobs. State employment figures show the number of people working in Fayette County has dropped from 143,621 in January 2007 to 138,086 in January 2010, the latest figures available.
Newberry’s chief rivals in the race are Vice Mayor Jim Gray and former Mayor Teresa Isaac. Newberry is the first candidate to air an ad on TV in the race.
– Jack Brammer