Hello, my name is Omar Ray! I’ve called Upper Saucon Township home for over 30 years, attending Southern Lehigh High School. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures. After college, I spent 7 years in Japan and South Korea as an English teacher where I learned about the power of good governance and the impact it can have in building a caring community.
As a working class laborer, I have worked in various warehouses in the Lehigh Valley. Experiences as a laborer has shown me how difficult the working conditions can be when workers cannot organize. We, the working people, are serving our communities, but are often underpaid and undervalued.
Why I am running
After the 2016 election, I volunteered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016 as a driver to Alexis Herman, the first Black woman to serve as Secretary of Labor. I was profoundly inspired to participate in our democracy, so I served our community as a Judge of Elections in Upper Saucon District 2. I have served the Lehigh Valley as a community organizer to help elect working class champions to office. I have knocked on doors, made phone calls, and written postcards to my neighbors because I believe in connecting with our community about what issues matter most.
I am currently a community manager for Real Voices Media and hope to continue this while also serving the community as a Commissioner.