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Bray promotes equality in Russellville in mayoral campaign

Randy Bray wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “I’ve never been a politician.”

That notwithstanding, he has decided to run as a candidate for mayor.

“I’ve lived here over 50 years and moved back when my parents became sick,” Bray said. “Our family has been in business here over 76 years.”

Family influence factored into Bray’s avoidance of political office, he said. “My dad was a city councilman here and advised me never to get into politics.”

“I’ve held to that all these years, but more and more friends have encouraged me to run,” Bray said, “those that know me and know my heart.”

Bray said although he initially kept saying no to those encouraging him to run, James 4:17 – “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” – kept coming to mind, “and I can’t ignore it any longer.”

Bray added, “I’ve enjoyed success in every business I’ve attempted, some under great adversity.

“I don’t have a team for you to join; if you live in Russellville city limits and are affected by what the mayor, council, police department, fire department, water department, gas department and any city employees do, then you’re on the only team that I’m on.”

Bray emphasized a message of equality in Russellville. “Money and popularity shouldn’t come into judgments,” he said. “There shouldn’t be ‘selective enforcement.’ We need more industry, and I mean jobs for everyone. I also think the city could do with less perks like 25 percent raises – that comes out of everyone’s pocketbook.

“I also feel that I need to convey that I’m not kin to anyone that works for the city, other than an ex-brother-in-law. I also am not accepting any contributions from anyone. All I ask for is your vote.”