The coronavirus pandemic has created problems in every aspect of daily life. Education is no exclusion. The fall semester for North Carolina public schools is starting soon and teachers will be returning to the classroom or teaching virtually. Our teachers will be facing unprecedented challenges and in some cases taking risks. It has never been more clear how important teachers are and how much support they need. However, even before the pandemic, we have not been giving our teachers the support they need and deserve. Teachers in North Carolina have an average yearly salary of $53,940 as of 2019 according to the National Education Association. This puts us at 30th in the country in terms of how much we pay our teachers. Now more than ever, our teachers deserve the appreciation they’ve been entitled to through more than our words and get them the pay that they deserve. ... See MoreSee Less
Spoke with Governor Cooper and Emergency Director Mike Sprayberry today as they inspected earthquake damage in Alleghany County. Our neighbors to the northeast have 10-15 homes that are not habitable, 150 structures with significant damage, and more damage reports coming in daily. Almost no one has earthquake insurance. North Carolina is stepping up to help. #sparta#earthquake... See MoreSee Less
Tonight, August 10th, my campaign is joining with Democratic district 45 state senate candidate Jeanne Supin to host a candidate forum for our slate of court of appeals candidates. We will be joined by candidates Patricia Shields, Chris Brook, Lora Cubbage, Gray Styers, and Reuben Young. The NC Court of appeals is a statewide court that plays a crucial roll in our state's judicial process. The forum will be moderated by Watauga county attorney Andrea Capua. You can register for the event at: rayfornc.com/courtofappeals/... See MoreSee Less
Ray is a big advocate for increased funding for our schools. In May of this year, he was a primary sponsor on House Bill 1130, which aimed to increase school funding and get a step closer to fulfilling the guidelines set by the Leandro decision. This bill was paired with House Bill 1129, which would approach improving education from a different angle, creating new programs and changing some restrictions put onto public schools. HB 1130 would increase supplemental funding for low income schools, increase teacher’s wages, and fund programs to improve the schooling experience for students and teachers. ... See MoreSee Less
Another Republican-leaning state approves Medicaid Expansion!
While NC Republican Legislative leaders continue to stiff-arm working families and starve rural hospitals, denying healthcare insurance to 600,000 North Carolinians, the same failed policy was rejected by voters in Missouri yesterday.
During this year's legislative session, Democrats introduced HB 1040, Healthcare for Working North Carolinians to expand Medicaid, it was not given a floor vote by House Republicans.
I hike the Profile Trail up to Calloway Peak at least once a year so I would have loved to have joined the Ashe County Democrats and the @wataugadems in person, but we had a great virtual discussion with our slate. Thank you to @RayRussellforNC for hosting this informative event.
My daughter starts college today at @appstate! Here I am during one of many visits as NC Insurance Commissioner to the Boone campus speaking for future #insurance professionals enrolled in the @TheBigI_NC-launched program. #ncpol @UNC_System @JacksonSumner @AppDemocrats #ProudDad
While earthquakes aren’t the kind of natural disaster we’re used to seeing here in our state, North Carolinians continue to show resiliency & help one another in the recovery process. Today, Gov. Cooper went to Sparta to meet with people who were impacted by Sunday’s earthquake.
Sunday's 5.1 #earthquake near Sparta damaged several dozen homes & businesses. State leaders toured the area today to determine what type of recovery aid may be needed. This week, local & state emergency officials will assess damage levels to see what/if aid qualifies. #ncwx