Primary Victory!

Kay for Council thanks friend and super-photographer Richard Greissman for documenting the Primary Victory party at Natasha's Bistro. Kay for Council and Jake Gibbs for Council shared the celebration.

Civic and Business Leaders, and Lexington Herald-Leader, Endorse Steve

Steve Kay
Steve Kay, Council-at-Large member and 2014 candidate

Steve Kay is the only candidate on the 2014 primary ballot with proven Councilmember at-Large experience. Here is what some of Lexington’s leaders, and the Lexington Herald-Leader editorial board, say about Steve:

“Steve Kay is the kind of public servant we need — dedicated, devoted, effective and strong.”
– Former Mayor Pam Miller

“Steve Kay does not have a pre-set agenda. He will listen to the argument and make his decision based on fact.”
- Dennis Anderson, President, Anderson Communities


”Steve Kay is a councilman who understands the needs of Lexington and is not afraid to speak out in support of those needs. Steve has demonstrated both courage and conviction and deserves to be re-elected.”
-State Senator Reginald Thomas, 13th District

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Steve Kay for a number of years and in different settings. He is a hard-working, bright leader who gets things done for Lexington. We’re lucky to have him on the council.”
–Harry Richart, retired PNC Bank Regional President; Past Chair, CommerceLexington

“Steve Kay: a councilman with both great ideas for Lexington and know-how to make them real.”
-State Rep. Kelly Flood, 75th District

“A circus could be going on around Steve Kay, yet he would remain calmly focused on the problem at hand. That resolve, combined with an abundance of intelligence and common sense, make him one of the most effective council members I’ve seen in years.”
- Debra Hensley, Owner, State Farm Insurance Agency

“Steve Kay makes choices for the common good and will be the voice of reason for the city.”
- Former Vice-Mayor Isabel Yates

“Pleased to endorse Steve Kay for Council at Large based on his intellect, concern for Lexington, his knowledge of our community’s problems, and his reasoned support for actions to solve these problems.”
- Former Councilmember at-Large Dr. David Stevens

"Steve Kay’s commitment to problem solving through community engagement helps make the North Limestone neighborhood we share a better place to live, work and go to school.  He is always approachable, ready and willing to help us make a difference in the lives of our Transylvania University students.  He is a true public servant, working to make Lexington better from home and on the council.”
  - Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Professors of English and Art, Transylvania University 

On May 7, 2014, the Lexington Herald-Leader Editoral Board honored Steve’s work on council by assigning him the top spot in Council-at-Large endorsements:

“During his first term on the council, Kay has demonstrated a willingness to take on important and difficult work, including serving as chair of the commission on homelessness and shepherding through the city's initial efforts at establishing an affordable housing program and the related effort to address the complex issues surrounding our homeless population.

Before earning a spot on council he served on the board of LexTran and as a member of the planning commission, including a term as vice-chair as well as in leadership positions in a number of neighborhood and community organizations. … Continue Reading ››

View of closed curtains on voting booths in use

Away on Election Day (May 20)? Absentee Voting Open NOW.

Absentee voting for 2014 has begun!! If you will be out of town on primary election day, Tuesday May 20, you can vote any day between now and Monday May 19th. Just go to the County Clerk's Office at 162 East Main Street. They're open Mon-Fri 8am-4:40pm.  Questions about voting? Call the Fayette County Court Clerk at (859)253-3344.

Your vote matters! Make sure it counts.

Natasha's Restaurant

Musicians For Steve: You Come and Enjoy!

Join us next Wednesday, April 23rd, for some world class music. Performers include Nick Stump, Bev Futrell and Karen Jones, Bruce Lewis, Missy Johnston, Dan Hill, Marilyn Robie, Dock Steffey and Tom Green. Seating at 6. Music begins at 7. Suggested cover in support of Steve Kay $20. If you would like to make a reservation to ensure a table, please visit
Steve Kay and forsythia

Springing Up: More than Flowers!

In spring the heart rejoices, the flowers bloom—and political candidates ask for support as the primary election nears. It's how our democracy flowers. Steve needs your help in his re-election effort. Here's Steve, speaking for himself on this subject.


I’m proud to be running for Urban County Council member at large in 2014. Can you support me in my efforts?  The last four years on Urban County Council have been extremely productive and fulfilling.  Given the large number of contested Council seats, my experience as the only at-large incumbent on the ballot and my proven work ethic are valuable resources worth keeping. I have either accomplished – or am working diligently on – many of the issues and challenges that you and other voters asked me to address when you chose me as at-large representative. For example:
  • As Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness I am shepherding recommendations through Council that will address, in a consistent, effective way, the needs of the those less fortunate in our community.
  • As Co-chair of the Infill and Redevelopment Steering Committee, I have increased the development possibilities within the Urban Service Boundary, helping to preserve our productive farmland and incomparable rural landscape.
  • I led a successful effort to secure grant funding for a pilot program to hire a Local Food Coordinator for Lexington. The Coordinator will help develop the infrastructure our region needs for smart growth of our local food economy, benefiting many local farmers and increasing the health of our community. 
  • I led the successful effort that secured domestic partner benefits for all LFUCG employees. 
  • As Chair of the Design Excellence Task Force, I helped shape the forthcoming standards, guidelines, and incentives that will promote downtown development, enhance its look, and ensure public input on major development projects. Downtown is thriving, and I foresee even more opportunities ahead.  
As my re-election approaches, I need your help to make our wonderful community even better, and shape it for future generations. I must reach out and gain the support of thousands of voters who don’t yet know me and my work.   A financial contribution will help me do this.  Please contribute today to show your support for the work I’ve done and to ensure that work will continue. Thank you for being an active member of our community.  PS.  To follow along on the campaign be sure to join our Facebook page here.  
Steve Kay files for Council-At-Large

It’s All Official!

Steve filed to run for Council-At-Large on Friday, January 24, 2014. At the filing deadline for the 2014 race, 12 others have also filed for one of three At-Large seats. Access the full list here. Follow along as Steve makes it official, with the help of the good people at the Fayette County Clerk's office. Photo Credits: Geoff Maddock Photography. Thank you!

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Blue Horse

Campaign Kickoff

Please plan to join us as we kick off our campaign at West Sixth Brewing Company (501 W 6th Street) on Thursday, January 23, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. We will have light refreshments starting at 5:00, and I will make a short formal announcement at around 5:30. There will then be time for conversation about the prospects for the campaign and a discussion of the opportunities facing our community.
Main and MLK

The Council at Large Race in 2014

After three productive years—and one more to go—as your At Large representative to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, I have learned a great deal about the ways that our local government can best serve our community.  I have worked hard at it and feel good about what I have been able to accomplish.  Now I am running for a second four-year term to continue that work. Here are some details about the election:
  • There are three At Large seats on Council, along with 12 district seats.
  • At Large representatives serve four-year terms. District representatives serve two-year terms.
  • If more than six people file for an At Large seat there will be a  primary on May 20, 2014. The top six vote-getters in the At Large race advance to the General Election.
  • The General Election is on November 4, 2014. The top three vote-getters all serve in At Large positions for four years. The person receiving the most votes in the At Large race serves as Lexington's Vice Mayor for four years.
This is an exciting time for Lexington. Constituents have been wonderful during these part three years, working with each other and with Council and our administration to make our fine community even better. I welcome your involvement in my campaign for re-election. Please contact me at for election matters.

Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council, At-Large, 2014

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