Today, January 4th, 2018, I wish to announce my candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives District Seat 130. Edie and I have discussed this opportunity and agree that placing my name in this election is the right thing to do for our community.

I am a native of Griffin, Georgia where I graduated in 1976 from Griffin High School. I am a 1980 graduate from North Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Engineer Corps. In 1991 I left active duty to join the United States Army Reserves to return to Griffin to assist with my father’s business and raise my family. I worked in Real Estate and law enforcement until recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. I returned to Griffin as General Manager for Dan J Smith Distributors, Inc from 1996 to 2008. I then worked with PetroSouth Inc. as the Central Division Manager from 2008 to 2015. I am currently retired from the United States Army and the petroleum industry.

I worked toward my Masters Degree in Business Administration with Embry Riddle Aeronautical College while serving on active duty. I was elected and served as a member and Chairperson (2003-2008) of the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education from 2000-2008. I was a member and Chairperson of the Griffin-Spalding Educational Foundation and the Griffin-Spalding Partners in Education. I have been a member of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce since 1999. As Past President of the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club (2008-2009), I was awarded the Sheffield Leadership Award. I was also awarded the “FOLLOW ME” leadership award by Rotary International District 6900 as the Assistant Governor of the Year in 2012. In 2016-2017 I was nominated and selected as the Rotary International District Governor for District 6900, comprised of over 4200 Rotarian’s in 69 clubs. In 2011, I was elected to the Spalding County Board of Commissioners, Second District Seat where I am serving in the last year of my second term as a Spalding County Commissioner.

I am happily married to the former Edith Dallas of Griffin, Georgia. Edith and I have five children between us and eight grandchildren.  Edith and I are members of the First Baptist Church of Griffin. My life priorities include God, family, country, education, children’s health with a passion for Rotary!

All my life has been about service. My years of service in the military as well as those serving in community and civic leadership positions total over 48 years. My local experience as a Griffin-Spalding Board of Education member/Chair and a Spalding County Commissioner has provided me the experience and knowledge to continue my service for the citizens of  District Seat 130. Over the next few months, we will be out and about discussing the issues and working to improve our communities. I will be requesting your assistance and vote.

I look forward to seeing and speaking to each of you soon. I thank you.

Raymond T Ray, Jr.
Candidate, District Seat 130
Georgia House of Representatives


On January 5, 2018, members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, at the request of the Griffin Spalding County School System, initiated a K-9 deployment at the parking lot of Spalding High School.
During the deployment, agents located a quantity of marijuana, alcohol, a TASER and several knives.
After a K-9 alert, agents searched a Spalding High School teachers’ vehicle that was parked in the student parking lot. During the search, agents located less than an ounce of marijuana. The teacher was identified as Jordan Hale of a Griffin address. Hale was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than one ounce and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, within 1000’ feet of a school.
A juvenile was also arrested and charged with possession of a weapon (knife) on school grounds.
According to Sheriff Darrell Dix “No matter what your stance is on marijuana, school is not the place for it .We will continue to vigorously work and partner with the Griffin Spalding School System to cease weapons and narcotic activity in our schools.”