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Gay Kentucky mayor is going to try and become the state's first gay Congress member

This will be Jim Gray's second time running for Congress

Gay Kentucky mayor is going to try and become the state's first gay Congress member
Will Kentucky elect its first gay member of Congress? | Photo: Wikimedia/Amy Wallot

Jim Gray, the two-term Democratic mayor of Lexington, Kentucky is running for Congress. He hopes to become the state’s first openly gay member of Congress.

Gray announced he’s running for the state’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday (5 December).

He’ll face off against fellow Democrats Amy McGrath, Reggie Thomas, and Geoff Young. Whoever wins the May primary will then take on Rep. Andy Barr, a Lexington Republican in his third term.

While Gray is the presumed favorite, there are plenty of chances for progress to win.

Gray would become the state’s first gay member of Congress. However, if Thomas wins, he’ll become the state’s first black member of Congress, and if McGrath wins, she’ll be the state’s first woman elected to Congress as a Democrat.

‘We need to bring people together; we need to reach across partisan lines,’ Gray said in his announcement.

‘This is why I’m running for Congress. Lexington, fortunately, is on the right path. Our country is not. And this is the time for citizens, for leaders to step up.’

His decision to run for Congress also means he won’t be running for a third term as Lexington’s mayor.

Gray previously ran for Congress last year when he challenged Senator Rand Paul. While he didn’t win, he did become the state’s first openly gay Senate candidate.


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