Teresa Isaac, the executive director of the Lexington Fair Housing Council (LFHC) in Kentucky, has won the city’s nonpartisan mayoral race. Isaac, a former vice mayor of Lexington, has been the director of the LFHC since April 1999. She won the November 5 election with 51 percent of the vote.
Isaac was the first executive director of the LFHC, since it was spun off from the Kentucky Fair Housing Council, its sister organization in Louisville. During her tenure, Isaac and her staff at the LFHC have assisted dozens of victims of housing discrimination file complaints and obtain relief for the discrimination they faced.
Isaac wins despite being heavily outspent by opponents in primary and general election
Isaac’s opponent in the election, Scott Crosbie outspent her by more than a two to one margin. Crosbie raised $429,000 in campaign funds, while Isaac raised $212,000.
This election marked the second time this year Isaac garnered the most votes, despite being heavily outspent. In the May nonpartisan primary, both Crosbie and Lexington construction company executive Jim Gray raised and spent far more money than Isaac. Gray finished third in the primary and endorsed Isaac for mayor.
Isaac called “perfect person” to lead Lexington Kathy Bolton, a Lexington chiropractor, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Isaac was “the perfect person” to lead Lexington. “She listens to people and cares about them,” Bolton added.
During her campaign, Isaac called for a “minimum living wage” of $9.63 per for all Lexington Fayette County Urban Government employees and employees who work for City contractors. She also supported an indoor smoking ban, domestic partner benefits for same sex couples, and the condemnation and purchase of the Kentucky-American Water Company, which is set to be sold to a German firm.
Isaac will take office in January 2003. She will begin meeting with outgoing Mayor Pam Miller to facilitate the transition between administrations.
Lexington is currently Kentucky’s largest city, although the January 2003 merger of Louisville and Jefferson County will drop it back to second largest. It is also home to the University of Kentucky.