Peach Pundit has confirmed through sources close to Representative Robert Ray that he does intend to switch to the Republican Party. Rep. Ray represents portions of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, and Peach Counties in Middle Georgia and will bring an evenly split local delegation for Bibb County solidly into the Republican camp.
Ray’s district went for Angela Spears with close to 70% of the vote and has trended for some time toward the Republicans. That trend has accelerated due to growth in northern Houston County and “white flight” from Bibb County into Monroe and Crawford Counties.
Ray’s switch comes at a time when Dr. Meg Nichols of Monroe County begins laying the groundwork for a campaign against Ray. Nichols ran against Senator Cecil Staton in Senate District 18, which covers portions of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, and Monroe Counties, in the 2004 Republican primary.
With this switch, Ray becomes the odds on favorite to keep that seat and, should Nichols decide to run, she will most likely face a united front in the Republican party. One Crawford County Republican tells Peach Pundit, “We, Democrats and Republicans, all vote for Robert because he is Robert. Party does not matter when it comes to good folk like him.”