Voters in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday gave the OK for the city's openly gay vice-mayor to become Lexington's first openly gay mayor, the Washington Post reported.

Jim Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction Company – a nationally ranked engineering, design and construction company – defeated incumbent Jim Newberry in a non-partisan contest.

The 57-year-old Gray enjoyed the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a nationwide group that supports openly gay elected officials.

According to his Victory Fund bio, Gray came out publicly in 2005, before being elected vice-mayor the next year. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He's served as a trustee on the Board of Berea College and the KET Fund for Excellence, and in 1997 he was appointed a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University to study urban planning.

Gray told supporters that he'll fight for every citizen of Lexington: “I am here for my mother's generation, I am here for my generation and for your generation, and we are here for the next generation.”