GOP taps attorney Bryan Ray for Nov. ballot to fill Brad Allen seat on district court bench

Alamance County’s Republican Party has chosen local attorney Bryan Ray to be its nominee for the district court judgeship formerly held by Brad Allen.

The Party announced Ray’s selection as the party’s standard bearer on Wednesday evening after a hastily-convened meeting of the party’s executive committee. The committee’s members considered two contenders before settling on Ray, whose name will now be passed on to the N.C. State Board of Elections for inclusion on the ballot in November’s general election for the two years remaining on Allen’s term.

According to the party’s vice chairman, Ben York, Ray beat out assistant district attorney Kevin Harrison, 29-12. Kathy Page, the party’s chairman, noted that the turnout was strong, with 41 of 51 executive committee members participating in the vote.

A native of Alamance County, Ray is currently a partner in the Graham-based Doby & Ray Law Firm. According to the firm’s website, Ray had initially served as an intern for his future law partner Julian Doby before he obtained his law degree from Elon University in 2013. In 2016, Ray became a partner in Doby’s firm with a specialization in the area of family law.

Outside his legal career, Ray has been active in the local Republican Party and has served as one of its representatives on the county’s board of elections since 2018. Ray is also involved in the county’s teen court program and, according to his law firm’s website, formerly served on the county’s juvenile crime prevention council.

A member of Williams High School’s Class of 2005, Ray attended Coastal Carolina University and later obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Greensboro. According to his law firm’s website, he attends Trailhead Church in Graham with his wife and two daughters, and he enjoys golf, skiing, and rooting for the Carolina Panthers in his spare time.