Jordan Ray set to resign Gilbert Town Council seat to run for justice of the peace

Jordan Ray, Gilbert Town Council
Jordan Ray (left) will resign his Gilbert Town Council seat in April if he collect enough nominating-petition signatures to run for justice of the peace in the Highland Justice Court. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jordan Ray (left) will resign his Gilbert Town Council seat in April if he collect enough nominating-petition signatures to run for justice of the peace in the Highland Justice Court. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jordan Ray, who has served on Gilbert Town Council since 2011, is preparing to step away from council as he runs for justice of the peace in Maricopa County’s Highland Justice Court.

Ray has filed a Statement of Interest in the position, which is opening with the coming retirement of Judge Steven Urie, and is collecting signatures on a nominating position.

If he succeeds in collecting enough signatures by the deadline of 5 p.m. April 6, he will simultaneously resign his council seat, as required by Arizona's "resign to run" law.

A successor would be appointed by the council to fill Ray’s seat for the remainder of his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2022. Ray was re-elected to a third term on council in 2018.

“I feel like I've been successful on the council,” Ray said. “We've got a lot of great things done. Gilbert is in a wonderful position. I look at the justice of the peace and the potential there to further impact the lives of the residents of Gilbert and part of Mesa, and it gives me a hope and satisfaction to think that I can continue to do more.”

Ray has a law degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in information technology, and for 19 years he had done litigation technology consulting, starting his own company, CREWLegal, in 2016. Among the cases he has consulted on are for the BP oil spill, singer Michael Jackson’s criminal trial and the T-Mobile-Sprint merger antitrust trial.

Ray, who said he dreamed as a boy about becoming a judge, said he hopes to make it easier for people to use the court system and possibly positively impact the lives of people who would come before him if he is elected to the position.
By Tom Blodgett

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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