Thank you for considering me for Wilmington City Council! Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born on June 26, 1952 in Saint Pauls, NC.; one of eight children to Malachi and Elizabeth Powell Ray. My parents were God center people and they instilled in their children principles of godliness and hard work. In 1962 our family moved to Queens, NY.; Where I attended Flushing High School and Francis Lewis High School.
In 1971 I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
I completed Five and a half years of service in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Police Specialist and was stationed in Wilmington, NC and fell in love with Wilmington and its people and visited this City for the next Forty years. After being Honorably discharged I received my High School GED Diploma and attended Technical Career Institute. I worked for the New York City Police Department as a Civilian Employee. I am confident that these skills will enable me as a member of the City Council to understand the dangers that our local police are faced with each day and their unwavering commitment to protect and serve the citizens of Wilmington. As a member of the City Council I will be committed to work to unite all people of Wilmington, maximize trust through communication, participation in public and privately sponsored programs between police and the citizens.
During my 29 years as a U.S Postal Service Electronic Technician, I was elected to serve as a APWU Maintenance Craft Director responsible for presenting complaints and concerns of the union members. I also participated in the Collective Bargaining Process for pay raises, benefits safe and fair working conditions. I bring these skills to the table and they will enable me to support the fight for competitive/living wages for the citizens of Wilmington. After eventually becoming a permanent resident of Wilmington, I have observed the tremendous economic and population growth in this city and I was inspired and energized by the Women's Movement and the Resistance Movement to run for the City Council.
Coming from a family of faith, instilled by my father and mother, I believe in family, church and community. These principles have help me to raise 6 children and my granddaughters to believe and trust in God.
Finally submitting to God's calling to become an Evangelist I attended Bible Training between 1984 and 1986, where I completed Bible Training gaining Licensure and Ordination as an Evangelist. In 2011 I relocated to Wilmington NC. I Joined Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. I began serving as an Associate Minister at this Church in 2011. This calling has served to allow me to step out on faith, empowered to serve the citizens of Wilmington, fight for justice, equality and unity as a member of the Wilmington City Council.
Thank you for your time, and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017!
James A. Ray, Candidate for Wilmington City Council