Gray, Grimes speak at Paducah’s Alben Barkley Dinner

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Gray was among those at the Alben Barkley dinner Thursday night in Paducah.  

The mayor of Lexington will face U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in November. Gray says his campaign’s main focus is creating jobs across the state and in western Kentucky. 

"I intend to be a senator who works on jobs, who works on our economy, routine, every day, and that’s what I’ve done all my life," Gray says. 

Gray and Paul are both scheduled to speak at the Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday. Paul is also expected to speak Friday at Kenlake State Resort Park’s tennis complex.

Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes was also at the dinner in Paducah. 

She and Attorney General Andy Beshear won’t be at Fancy Farm because of family commitments. Some state Republicans criticized their absence as a lack of interest in western Kentucky. Grimes says that’s not true.

"Fancy Farm, one time of year, but we are here every week of the year making sure that folks in western Kentucky know that they have a secretary of state who is looking out for them," Grimes said. 

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