Educational background: Bachelor’s Degree – Information Technology; Juris Doctorate – Law
Current employer/job: Two years ago, I started my own Gilbert based company, CREWLegal – a litigation consulting company. Prior to the creation of CREWLegal, I was part owner of inData Corporation for 17 years. inData was a Gilbert based litigation technology company.
Immediate family: My wonderful wife of 18 years is Mandy Ray. We have 5 children.
Year you moved to Gilbert: I am fifth generation from the Southeast Valley. We have lived in our current home in Gilbert for 9 years.
Last book read: “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer”
Why are you running for or seeking another term on Town Council?
Over the last seven years on the Council, I have worked as part of the Gilbert team to achieve numerous awards and recognitions including:
- Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona.
- Best Place to Live When Trying to Save Money.
- 2nd Safest City in the US.
- 7th Happiest City in America.
- 7th Best City to Be a Homeowner.
- Top 10 Cleanest Cities in America.
- 22nd Best Place to Live in the US.
Gilbert still has more to do. I will continue to make business growth, public safety, and fiscal discipline my top priorities to build a community we can continue to be proud of.
FOR INCUMBENTS: Briefly explain your three most significant accomplishments.
Since joining in 2011, I have been proud of all that we as a Town Council have accomplished, including:
- Gilbert’s upgrade in Bond rating to AAA in 2015 based on Gilbert’s efficiency, financial stability, and Town management – a rating that only 179 out of the thousands of communities in the nation have earned.
- Gilbert’s ability to attract and retain businesses that provide job opportunities for our citizens and tax dollars for our Town such as Deloitte moving to Gilbert and providing 2,500 high-paying jobs.
- Gilbert’s redevelopment of the Heritage District which has greatly benefitted local businesses and brought in more tax revenue.
How can the Town Council promote commercial-residential balance in Gilbert?
Gilbert has been one of the fastest growing residential communities in Arizona for many years. Over the last few years Gilbert has also seen an increase in high-wage jobs as businesses are attracted to our Town. These businesses help increase our tax base and thus help to ensure the sustainability we need in Gilbert. It is imperative that we as the Town Council retain as much commercial zoning as possible in order to continue to attract and retain businesses that will provide long-term sustainability in our community.
Gilbert has several large public projects in the works, including Gilbert Regional Park and the public safety training facility. How should the town approach paying for these types of projects?
Gilbert has seen many financial successes over the last few years, including:
- saving taxpayers over $32 million since 2012 by refinancing debt.
- reducing debt by $66 million since 2012 through making early payments.
- cash funding to reduce over $19 million in PSPRS liability.
Additionally, in FY 2018, the Town is funding:
- $20 million of water system repair and replacement.
- $54 million of wastewater system repair and replacement.
- $26 million of roadway/streetlight/sidewalk repair and maintenance.
Our financial successes as a Town have come as a result of prudent and deliberate planning and action. Gilbert must continue to be fiscally responsible to be sustainable long-term.
What role should public funds play in the redevelopment of the Heritage District moving forward?
The redevelopment of the Heritage District has been wildly successful and has brought new businesses and tax dollars into our Town. Because the Town of Gilbert still owns more than 50% of the vacant land in the Heritage District, public funds will play a substantial role in further developing the District. Over the next couple of years, there will be a significant investment of public funds to update infrastructure within the Heritage District. The investment in infrastructure will be another boost to the booming downtown.
What is the biggest challenge facing Gilbert over the next five years?
Among the challenges that the Town will face in the future, one of the biggest will be the need for continued preparation for long-term sustainability at build-out. It is essential that we understand the needs, costs, and expected revenue that will enable us to achieve sustainability. As a Town Council, we are currently working through multiple long-range plans to prepare for this future eventuality. These plans include the Parks Master Plan, the Transportation Master Plan, and the Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.
What are your three primary goals if you are elected?
- Business Growth – To keep Gilbert sustainable long-term, we must continue to attract quality businesses. Many companies come to Gilbert or stay in Gilbert because of our low taxes, strong schools, and safe community. I will continue to make business development a primary focus.
- Public Safety – Gilbert is proud to be the second safest community in the entire country. We must continue to focus on smart policing strategies and proper training of first responders.
- Fiscal Discipline – Gilbert has the lowest residential household tax rates in the valley. As we grow and mature as a community, we must make sure that we use every tax dollar wisely.
Expect consistency in harmony with my past service
BY Jordan Ray
When I joined the Gilbert Town Council seven years ago I made business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline my top priorities.
Since then, the Town of Gilbert has been recognized and awarded by many organizations and publications with awards like “Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona,” “2nd Safest City in the United States,” “Top 10 Cleanest Cities in America” and many more.
During my tenure, the Town Council also has served Gilbert by redeveloping the Heritage District in Downtown Gilbert, which has greatly benefited local businesses and has brought in significantly more tax revenue.
We have also helped Gilbert attract and retain businesses that provide job opportunities for our citizens and tax dollars for our town such as Deloitte moving to Gilbert and providing 2,500 high-paying jobs.
Additionally, Gilbert’s Bond rating has been upgraded to AAA in 2015 based on the rown’s efficiency, financial stability, and town management – a rating that only 79 out of the thousands of communities in the nation have earned. This rating has saved the town millions of dollars in interest.
I love Gilbert and am proud of all that we have done as a Town Council to help our community.
As we move forward, I will continue to have business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline as my top priorities.
In addition, I will maintain my commitment to open communication with all parties by listening to the many perspectives that accompany complex decisions.
I will remain consistent in my actions to make Gilbert a place the businesses want to be and a place where our children can enjoy safety and opportunity. I will continue to make education a bright spot in the community. There are many talented and dedicated teachers and staff who do so much for our children.
If I am re-elected to the Town Council, Gilbert citizens and businesses can expect to see consistency from me that is in harmony with the years of service to Gilbert that I have given.
I love living in Gilbert and serving the community and I will continue to do everything in my power to make Gilbert a wonderful place to live for generations to come.
Ray: ‘I am proud of the successes we have enjoyed’
I humbly ask for your vote for Gilbert Town Council.
BY Jordan Ray – Aug, 05 2018
Since its establishment as a town in 1920, Gilbert has been a great place to live. It went from being the hay capitol of the world, to the fastest growing community in Arizona.
Now, as we are nearing Gilbert’s Centennial, we need to ask ourselves, what do we want Gilbert to become in the next 100 years? Will it be a bedroom community where everyone needs to leave to have a good paying job or will it be a place where people can live, work and play?
My wife Mandy, myself, and our five children are proud to call Gilbert home. My family has lived in the Southeast valley for five generations. In fact, Ray Road is named after my great-great grandfather, James Wilford Ray.
We are excited to help in continuing to make Gilbert a place that we can be proud of for years to come. Gilbert is the safest community in the state; it has great schools, great parks and beautiful neighborhoods.
I am proud of the successes we have enjoyed over the last few years. I am honored to be a part of the Gilbert team that helped attract Deloitte to Gilbert. Recently, Deloitte announced their expansion to Gilbert. Their initial $34 million investment will result in the occupancy of 102,000-square-feet. The project is expected to generate 2,500 jobs with a loaded annual average compensation of $150,000. This is the largest jobs announcement in years!
Gilbert has a very bright future! I hope to continue to serve the residents of Gilbert as a Councilmember as we look towards the next 100 years. I am always willing to meet, talk, and discuss any issues, concerns, and successes.
Please visit my website at www.votejordanray.com. I humbly ask you vote for Gilbert Town Council.
Business, safety and fiscal discipline are top priorities
BY Jordan Ray – Aug, 12 2018
As a member of the Town Council, I have always maintained my focus on what I consider to be the most important goals for our town: business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline.
By focusing on these goals, Gilbert has grown and been recognized nationally by many individuals and organizations with awards like Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona, 2nd Safest City in the US, 7th Best City to Be a Homeowner, and many more.
Looking forward, I will continue to serve Gilbert by making business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline my top priorities.
Business growth is important for our town, and I have an ardent desire to help Gilbert remain a place that attracts and retains businesses. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce endorsed me as a candidate for Town Council because of my track record of keeping a strong focus on growing Gilbert’s business climate.
Mayor Jenn Daniels also has endorsed me in my campaign, saying I have “been a tireless advocate for businesses, especially small businesses” and that I have “constantly been willing to work with individuals and people to make Gilbert a better place. I will always make business growth a top priority for our town.
In addition to a focus on business, I have made public safety a top priority. During my tenure in the Town Council, I have been privileged of meeting the men and women that serve our community to keep us safe.
I have been humbled to receive the endorsements of both Gilbert’s Fire and Rescue and the Gilbert Police during my campaign. I will assist these departments by making sure they have the needed resources to do their jobs well.
Fiscal discipline is another top priority for me. To achieve long-term sustainability, we must use tax dollars wisely, while always keeping an eye on long-term goals. I strongly believe that Gilbert’s future successes will be due to the actions we take today to be fiscally responsible as a town.
I love living in Gilbert and I love serving the residents of our wonderful town. If re-elected, I will continue to make business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline my top priorities for Gilbert. I am sincerely thankful to all of the organizations and individuals who have pledged their support and have endorsed me in this campaign.
It is by working together that we can make a stronger, safer, more stable Gilbert for our generation and the generations to come.