Jim Gray, Lexington's openly gay mayor, on Tuesday announced his campaign to unseat incumbent Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

“I want to be your U.S. senator,” Gray, 62, said in a YouTube video.

“Senator Paul confuses talking with getting results. He offers ideas that will weaken our country at home and abroad, and he puts himself and his own ambitions above Kentucky,” Gray said, a possible reference to the senator's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

“My dad taught me that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. As your senator, I won't just talk, I'll listen. I'll offer common sense solutions. And I'll work to restore the American dream for every family in Kentucky,” he added.

Gray told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he “absolutely” believes he can win.

“What I believe people want is performance and results,” the Democrat told the paper. “That's what they are about. That's what counts.”