By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Ray Bryan announced plans to run for the office of state auditor at a campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday at the Oxford Civic Center.
Bryan proposes abolishing the office of State Auditor. He claims that new technology eliminates the need for the State Auditor and if elected Bryan vows to support a constitutional amendment to abolish his office.
Bryan’s campaign wrote, “This may be the first time in Alabama history that anyone has ever run for an office they hope to eliminate if elected.”
The Republican Primary for State Auditor will be held in June 2014. The winner of the primary will then be on the ballot in a General Election in November of 2014. The current State Auditor Samantha Shaw (R) is term limited from seeking a third term for the office. Bryan will face Adam Thompson for the Republican nomination for the office.
Ray Bryan is an attorney and businessman. He grew up on a dairy farm in Clay County. Bryan is a U.S. Army veteran and is married to the former Ms. Robin Bruce of Tallapoosa County. Ray and Robin have been married for 35 years and have two daughters, Betsy who is a student at Jacksonville State University, and Kelly. The Bryan have three grandchildren through their daughter Kelly. Children. Ray and his wife reside in Cleburne County.
Ray Bryan has a degree from Jacksonville State University and received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Bryan has twenty four years of legal experience and has been in private practice for 13 years in Anniston. Bryan has served in various civic organizations in leadership positions and in the Republican Party both locally and on a state wide basis. Bryan has served as legal counsel for the Alabama Republican Party.
Ray is a lifelong Republican. In his campaign’s statement, he said that, “He believes strongly that the Republican Party best represents his values of faith in God, personal responsibility, commitment to family and smaller, limited government.”