Send Ray to Congress Published
by The Reporter Posted: 06/06/2010
Ray is running for U.S. Congress and it is an honor to vote for a man
with moral integrity and commitment. I have known Eugene personally for
years. I have seen him spend hours and hours mentoring at-risk youth,
helping those in need and encouraging those around him. Eugene is a man
of character, determination and courage. He has a clear sense of what is
needed to turn this country around and can make a huge difference if
given the chance.
This is a day and age when politicians make
promises only to break them, tell voters what they want to hear but
rarely follow through and negotiate secret deals with special interest
groups on a regular basis.
There has been little change in
government, and politics are business as usual. At a time when this
nation is at such great risk, business as usual can have catastrophic
A vote for Eugene Ray is a vote for
responsibility, sanity and honor.
A vote for Eugene Ray is a
vote for economic responsibility and productive, thoughtful change that
will steer the country back to greatness. Eugene Ray is a leader who
will work tirelessly for all citizens, tackle issues head-on using sound
judgment and representing the people he serves. I have every confidence
that Eugene Ray is exactly who we need to send to Congress.
Ann Steffen Vacaville
by The Reporter
won't have an opportunity to vote for Eugene Ray for Congress in the
upcoming Republican primary election because I am a Democrat, but I
recommend a vote for Eugene to all my Republican friends.
don't have to look very far to find a person passionate about Eugene
because he has touched so many lives in a positive way. Whether it is
spiritually, recreationally or through business contacts, he leaves
people with a wildly positive experience of him.
passionate about everything he does, and I cannot imagine a better
consensus-builder to have in Congress than Eugene Ray.
need congressmen who will work both sides of the aisle, and I believe
Eugene Ray is that man.
David Muerle Vacaville
Published by The Reporter
When Eugene Ray informed me that he was running to
represent the 7th Congressional District, I became very excited. I have
done business with him on several occasions, I have studied under his
able martial arts instruction, and I have counted him as a good friend
for many years. In all my relations with Gene, one quality always stands
out: integrity. I have seen him make the tough choices, always choosing
what is right instead of what is easier or what will make him money.
men and women like Eugene Ray are just what this country needs in its
In his martial arts program, he would refuse to teach
kids who were failing in school, knowing, of course, that he would lose a
few kids and make a little less money. But instead of just writing
these kids off, he organized a team of volunteer instructors who offered
free one-on-one academic instruction to anyone who needed help. I saw
kids' lives change as a result of his tutoring program. Good kids, who
for whatever reason, had been labeled by the system as "slow," would
engage in the tutoring program to raise their grades because they wanted
to learn martial arts. With a little hard work and someone who believed
in them, their grades went up, as well as their self-confidence and
self-esteem. I believe their lives will be changed forever as a result
of Gene's vision and dedication.
In the real estate
business, there are countless ways to take advantage of people to make a
fast buck. Gene always is looking for the "win-win" deal, one where everyone benefits. I
have observed him as he refused to take advantage or mislead, no matter
how alluring the profit seemed.
I need a representative in my
government that I know I can trust to do the right thing, not what is
expedient or profitable or will give him or her more power. I need
someone who is guided by a moral compass instead of what is politically
correct. I need someone who has already demonstrated that he cares about
Americans and is willing to take action to improve their lives.
Ray is that representative and I strongly recommend that we vote him
Dr. John Crawford Vacaville
Ray is the Real Deal
Published By Times Herald
is with great admiration and a firm, grounded sense of authenticity I
write this letter of endorsement for Eugene Ray. Gene has been a friend
and fellow martial artist for more than 30 years. I don't know anyone of
greater character, not always easy to find in the world of politics.
But even greater than his sense of fairness, truthfulness, and honesty
is his unending energy, his dedication to all of the "little people" --
those who don't always have a voice, and his ever awareness of the
issues at hand and his diplomatic handling of any and all challenging
I am a Democrat, have been all my life, but my vote
is for Gene in this election because I know his heart and his sincere
feelings on the issues facing our country. Take a look at his stances on
the issues we face -- a firm, but fair stance on all. I support him
Inspired to vote
Published by The Reporter Posted: 05/26/2010
As we all know, there's another election coming, full of
empty promises, finger-pointing and name-calling.
I've just about given up on (what's left) of our political
system, except for the fact that there is one man entering the race for
Congress to represent the 7th District -- my district. His name is Gene Ray of
This man has been a personal friend since 1968. From the
time I met him till today, I have never met a more articulate, honest and
But one thing this guy has that a lot of people just don't
have is the ability to inspire. Gene Ray truly is the poster boy for "When
the going gets tough, the tough get going."
The way this country's going, I see a lot of negativity and
giving up on voting altogether. When I wanted to give up, Gene didn't let me.
I'm sure glad he inspired me to hang in there.
Remember Gene Ray this June. You won't regret it.
Dick Pence, San Pablo
The Benicia Herald Divine Message Spurs Candidate
‘You can gerrymander for politics, but you can’t gerrymander
for friends,’ Eugene Ray says
By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter - May 19, 2010
A few weeks before Christmas 2009, Eugene Ray began getting a strong
feeling that “God wanted me to run for office.” His response to the
calling? “I said, ‘You got the wrong number.’”
Ray, a Vacaville resident, had never run for office and had little
interest in politics.
But when the feeling didn’t subside, he discussed it with friends and
relatives. To his surprise, they gave him encouragement instead of
“People said, ‘We’ve been waiting for you to run.’”
So he’s started with a congressional campaign. Ray, 58, is competing
against three other Republicans in the June 8 primary for the 7th
Congressional District seat. Should he win, he’d face the Democratic
candidate in November — and that could mean a showdown with Rep. George
Miller, who has held that seat since 1975.
Ray is a real estate agent who has an eighth-degree black belt in
karate. He’s won state, regional and world titles in the martial art.
His students have won their own championships, including one who is a
10-time World Full-Contact champion.
Competition has taught Ray that a successful candidate knows how to
win and what it takes to get there. “I know enough people. I can win
this thing,” he said.
He sees five main issues in the campaign: Jobs, cap and trade,
illegal immigration, national defense and debt.
The country needs more private sector jobs and fewer government jobs,
Ray said, because private sector jobs produce income and taxes, while
government jobs require taxes for salaries.
When government becomes so large that the private sector can no
longer support the financial weight of government jobs, he said, “the
whole thing collapses.”
Ray opposes cap and trade, saying it would add more taxes and
regulation to the burdened economy. “It’s absolute insanity,” he said.
It’s supposed to combat man-made global warming, he said, but that
problem is being depicted inaccurately.
“In the 1970s, they said we were heading for an ice age. Now it’s
global warming,” Ray said.
However, he does endorse recycling and “green” practices. “That makes
Illegal immigration is being addressed in other countries that don’t
want unregulated border crossings, he said, and that includes Mexico,
which has a closed southern border. He described most undocumented
immigrants as “good, hardworking people that just want a better life for
As a teacher of at-risk children, he said he’s offered free lessons
to those who steer clear of trouble and keep up their grades. He’s
recruited fellow business people to tutor children and volunteers to
teach English to their Spanish-speaking parents. He’s learned to admire
But some border-crossers are criminals who add to the cost of courts,
prison operations and social services, he said. Ray doesn’t condemn
Arizona for trying to protect its border when the federal government has
failed to do so. “We must control the border,” he said.
But the country also needs to streamline its immigration system. “It
shouldn’t take forever to get through the process.”
Ray is worried about national defense. “Not since (President Jimmy)
Carter has it been run so badly. And the bad guys know.” Enemies in
Iran, North Korea and Venezuela have no fear or respect for the United
States. “And you can’t call a Muslim terrorist a Muslim terrorist,” he
Yet other countries don’t hesitate to ask for aid from the United
States. “We’re the first country they look to for help, and we’re the
first that will help. We’ve sent a billion dollars to Haiti, and that’s
during tough times. This is the greatest nation in the history of the
Ray called the national debt “insanity.” He questioned the wisdom of
writing a 2,000-page document through the night and voting on it early
the next morning without determining how it would impact the nation’s
debt. “They’re voting on things they haven’t read,” he said.
He challenged lawmakers to publish bills on the Internet for
constituents to read, allow them time to comment, and be responsive to
public opinion when they vote on those bills.
He also was suspicious of lawmakers who take thousands of pages
explain an issue, saying it’s too easy to hide items among those pages.
He said the stimulus package included 5,000 earmarks, which he described
as gifts to supporters that could hurt the country’s financial
“We owe our children to leave the United States better than what we
got,” Ray said. “We’ve got to get the debt under control.”
He said he’s looking forward to the campaign. “This isn’t Miller’s
first rodeo. He knows what he’s doing, and he has money behind him,” Ray
“But people are calling me, asking for signs, and a lot of them are
Democrats. You can gerrymander for politics, but you can’t gerrymander
for friends. I can get enough votes to win.”
A very good
friend of mine is running for the United States Congress, the 7th Congressional
District. His name is Eugene (Gene) Ray. I support him completely in this
action. His integrity is irreproachable.
I have known him for years. I can not
think of a better candidate for Congress.
He is going up against a staunch rival,
George Miller. Mr. Miller has been a representative in that district for 30 years.
He is and has been, the Chairman of the Education and Jobs Committee of
Congress. The question I would ask is this, how is that working for us?
I think it must be very easy for our
representatives to fall into the "Me-and-I" rut. Sometimes the only thing
that we can do is vote them out. Not only do I think that this is the right
time, I believe Gene is the right replacement.
Although he possesses an eighth degree black belt in karate
and mixed martial arts, with a strategy of bipartisanship and a little help
from his friends, Vacaville’s Eugene Ray is planning on wresting away
California’s 7th Congressional District from incumbent George Miller
“Three weeks before Christmas, I was complaining about the
government like most people, and I woke up one day with a deep feeling in my
heart that I should run for Congress,” Ray told the Gazette on Friday. “At
first I just joked that I needed to watch what I eat at night, but by the fifth
day the feeling was so powerful I thought, I know enough people, I have more
friends than a person is entitled to, I could win this.”
At the time, Ray was unclear on the exact boundaries of the
District, but after educating himself on the particulars and speaking to the
first 100 of his friends, he was convinced of his plan to make his first bid
for public office.
“I never talked about running for office, although I’ve been
a campaign manager before,” Ray said, explaining that he helped Solano County
Board of Supervisor John Vasquez get elected in 2002. “But the feedback was
overwhelmingly positive. I don’t have a lot of money, and Miller has all kinds
of money, it’s not his first rodeo; you can gerrymander a district for
political parties, but you can’t gerrymander a district for friends.”
Saying he’ll use common sense when it comes to lawmaking in
Washington should he win, his first order of business would be to “stop the
bleeding” of job loss in California.
“[The State] is losing 3000 jobs a week, and small business
is the backbone of the American economy. You’ve got to make it affordable to do
business,” Ray said. “Congress is wanting to put in cap and trade and that’s
absolute insanity,” referring to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of
2009, approved last summer by Congress and currently being debated in the
Senate. The Act provides economic incentive programs to reduce greenhouse
gases. “Taxing a business doesn’t make it come out of recession,”
A firm believer that man-made global warming is “nonsense,”
Ray said “the same people telling us about global warming in the 1990s were the
same people in the 1970s telling us we were causing the next Ice Age. Actual
temperatures and studies show that man has very little influence on the
weather. When the world is in a cooling phase and we’re doing nothing
different, it’s a little difficult to take the idea seriously of giving some
third world countries billions of our dollars to solve the problem of man-made
Ray supports nuclear power, stating, “Japan and France get
approximately 80 to 85 percent of their power from nuclear power plants. The U.S.
has had nuclear powered naval carriers for years and they work very
efficiently. Nuclear facilities are more efficient and a lot less invasive to
the environment than miles and miles of wind generators and solar panels.”
On the issue of illegal immigration, Ray said, America not
only needs to control the borders, but to close them too.
“Most of the people that come across our southern border are
good hardworking people that just want a better life for their families. But
some aren’t. They’re criminal, and they’re costing us a great deal of money in
our courts and prison system. We also can’t have masses of people coming across
without any control, overwhelming our social services,” said Ray.
Another bone of contention for Ray is the country’s current
national defense position.
“The government means well, but is completely wrong-headed;
we haven’t seen the national defense run so poorly since Carter,” said Ray.
“Countries like North Korea see that we have no backbone and won’t stand up and
fight. Every century there is one or more political leaders that come along and
either want what our country has, or they’re just crazy and believe they are
meant to rule the world. Whatever their reason, we must be ready. A strong
military is a powerful deterrent.”
Now 58, Ray was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Vacaville
at age two, when his father, a correctional officer, was transferred to the
newly built California Medical Facility.
Graduating as an All-American scholar and athlete from
Vacaville High School, Ray dropped out of Chico State University to pursue a
real estate career, he said, earning his Realtor certification from the
Northern Solano Board of Realtors in 1976.
“Everyday I solve problems and negotiate settlements.
As a realtor for over 30 years, that’s my job,” said Ray in his campaign
literature. “Working with the public I am keenly aware of the employment and
financial situation of my fellow Americans. I am a big believer that the
American family and home ownership are core strengths of our society.”
During a phone interview, Ray referred to a martial arts
program he founded for at-risk youth, saying that several hundred kids have
graduated from the program he taught at various church venues.
A single father of two adult kids, aged 23 and 21, Ray said
that “one of the things everyone can agree on is that we want to leave the
world a better place for our kids, but that’s not happening. We can’t keep
borrowing money leaving our kids and grandkids in debt for the coming decades.”
When asked why voters would choose him over Miller, Ray said, “The main thing
is, if I debated Miller, it would take 60 seconds. If you want back room deals,
if you want 2000 page documents done at 11 p.m. and voted on the next morning,
vote for Miller. If not, vote for someone with backing from both sides.”
Letter to the Editor The Reporter - Vacaville Published April 14, 2010
My friend Eugene Ray has decided to run for the U.S.
Congress in the upcoming primary. I've known Eugene for a number of
years and fully endorse him as a Republican candidate for the 7th
Eugene is a sincere individual and
would work hard to represent the voice of the voters. It's time we got
back to our roots with representation by noncareer politicians.
California can take a step in the right direction by electing Eugene
Ray, just as Massachusetts did with Scott Brown.
This is a
grassroots campaign and your support and prayers will be appreciated.
Please visit Eugene Ray's Web site at www.eugeneray.com.
And please spread the word.
James E. Downey Vacaville
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