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Newberry launches first TV ad of Lexington mayor’s race

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

Filed Under: ElectionsJim GrayLexington GovernmentMayor's race

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  1. Kamish says:

    Incorrect, I saw the ad Wednesday morning on channel 18….twice…

  2. snappy says:

    “…“chaos at City Hall” he inherited in 2006.” This is the dumbest use of the word. Obama started started it.. When you run for office, you volunteer, you take on the challenge. You “inherit” nothing.

  3. mark says:

    This is a great ad. Newberry has tackled the tough issues of this community and the work he has accomplished over he last 3 years will pay off many years to come for our community.

  4. yeah right says:

    NoNewBerries is a complete mess, but I think he is the less of the evils….Gray is just a power hungry want-to-be, and his accomplishments on the council as far as I can tell are zero. He sits there beside the Mayor and poses for the camera, and rarely offers any opposition to the Mayor, and never a better idea. We dont need a poser instead of the Mayor…We need some accomplished competition, sad we have none.

  5. Reality Check says:

    This is the meat of this story: “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.” So Newberry helped create 2,300 during this time? Good thing if these figures are correct. Sounds like Fayette County is going in reverse under Newberry. Or at it’s least like Lexington traffic, standing still.