Thursday, June 13, 2024

114 West Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
Ph: 336.228.7851

THE PUBLIC ASKS: Does Elon councilman have conflict of interest in voting on social district?


QUESTION: Will Elon Councilman Quinn Ray recuse himself from an upcoming vote on a downtown “social district,” which if approved, would allow patrons of restaurants and bars to drink out in the open? According to Ray’s bio on the town’s website, he is “currently a partner in two of Elon’s downtown businesses, the Root Trackside and Tangent Eat & Bar,” which would presumably benefit from the district.

ANSWER: Contrary to what the town’s website suggests, Ray is emphatic that there’s no need for him to sit out the vote on the proposed social district.

“That bio needs to be updated,” he added. “I actually left the restaurants in July of 2021. So, I don’t plan to recuse myself [because] there’s no need to recuse myself.”

THE PUBLIC ASKS: Have a question about a matter of public record? Call The Alamance News at (336) 228-7851; write to the newspaper at P.O. Box 431, Graham, NC 27253; or e-mail

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