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Former Police Chief Kicks Off Lexington Mayoral Campaign

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 4/16 12:55 am
A former police chief wants to be Lexington's next mayor.

Anthany Beatty kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

Beatty told supporters he wanted to be the mayor of 'all' Lexington.

He suggested that there had been too much attention paid to one area.

"The reality is, Lexington is more than a downtown. It's our neighborhoods, our suburbs, our farms, our agriculture, and our businesses, small and large. It's all the people, all the places, all the time," said Beatty.

ABC 36 asked Beatty about the Rupp Arena renovations.

He said taxpayers in Lexington, and Kentucky, already had enough to deal with.

"I'm a proponent of an arena, certainly the best for U.K...the best facility for U.K. But at the same time, I think that we can do that with private funding, some creative ways to look at the financing, and not put this on the back of not only the taxpayers of Lexington, but the taxpayers of the State of Kentucky for a long time to come," said Beatty.

Beatty also addressed the disparity in campaign fundraising.

But Beatty added "I’m not the least bit concerned that I’m going to be outspent. That's a given. What I will say to that is I grew up in the inner city of Lexington. Had absolutely nothing. We were dirt poor. So any achievements we've had in our life have been through, as Phil said, hard work, dedication, family support, and faith."

"Any time I’m proposed with an obstacle, faced with an obstacle, I just view that as an opportunity for success. I've got to work hard, as I have in every aspect of my life and every phase of it," said Beatty.
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