Timothy David Ray

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Timothy David Ray
Timothy David Ray, an attorney and political consultant, is an announced candidate for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council.[1]


Personal Life and Career

Ray was born and raised in New Orleans in the Broadmoor neighborhood.[2]

The Second Free Mission Baptist Church has and continues to play a large role in Ray's life.[3] When Ray was four years old, he attended Xavier University Junior School of Music where he began his formal music training in piano. He expanded his talent for piano by playing at his church, which he still regularly attends and performs at.

He attended John McDonogh and Eleanor McMain Senior High Schools, and went on to receive his Bachelor's of Arts in Music Performance from Dillard University. After his he earned his bachelor's degree, Ray studied international law at Loyola University, College of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree and an advanced certification in International Law.

In his legal career, Ray has represented the the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and teaches mediation courses at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as well as serves as an adjunct professor in the political science department at the University of New Orleans, according to his website.

Among the past clients of Ray’s consulting firm are former District E City Councilman Freddie Charbonnet, Judges Monique Barial and Ben Willard, former Judge Yolanda King, and judicial candidates Dennis Moore and Clint Smith.

City Council Race 2017

District B City Council candidates Catherine Love and Timothy David Ray speak Monday night before the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association at Spirit Wine on Magazine. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Race announced his campaign quietly in April of 2017 and had begun campaigning for the seat to be vacated by LaToya Cantrell's bid for mayor, handing out campaign materials at community events directing voters to his website.[4]

On Monday, June 12, 2017, Catherine Love and Timothy David Ray spoke before the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association in one of the first public question-and-answer sessions with the candidates leading up to the October city government elections.[5]

Policy Positions

Marijuana | During a question and answer session with the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association, Ray suggested legalizing marijuana as a means of generating revenue for the city.

“I’ve thought about, if the citizens of New Orleans are open to this, legalizing marijuana and also regulating marijuana,” Ray said. “I don’t think we’ve ever looked at that as a city yet.”

The legalization of marijuana has been a success in other places where it has been tried — such as Colorado — in recent years, Ray said. That success can be measured in new tax revenue — much of it from tourists — to pay for governmental services that would be especially helpful in New Orleans, where everything is chronically underfunded.

“Amsterdam is a very high tourist destination for many reasons, but I think it’s something we should look at,” Ray said. “Other states have done it. What I’m afraid of is that Texas and Mississippi are going to do it first, and if they do, it’ll take the edge of us a little bit. We won’t make as much money. We won’t be the first ones.”

Housing | At a Delachaise neighborhood meeting on June 26, 2017, Ray said adding medium-income housing to the market is another option to help keep people living in the city. Ray said developers should have incentive to include affordable housing for those who make a little above the low-income threshold but still can’t afford their own home.[6]

Community | Encouraging more people to own their own businesses – preferably in their own neighborhoods – would also cement the city’s culture. The responsibility of a corner store to serve its neighborhood while stabilizing the community is needed in all areas of the city, but more people should be included in those plans, Ray said.

“We need to bring more people into the mix, more people of color and more minorities, to start their own business in their city,” he said.

External Links


  1. UptownMessenger.com:"District B City Council race draws another contender," April 13, 2017
  2. Official campaign website
  3. Official campaign website
  4. UptownMessenger.com:"District B City Council race draws another contender," April 13, 2017
  5. UptownMessenger.com: "District B candidates ask: Could legalizing marijuana balance New Orleans’ budget?”
  6. UptownMessenger.com: "Reducing crime, preserving culture are top issues for District B candidates at Delachaise neighborhood meeting”
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