My name is Ray Ranker, and I am doing something that no other candidate in Maryland is doing. Even though it's legal, I won't take donations from corporations or Political Action Committees (PACs), and I'm even limiting how much I'll take from individuals to just $600, well below the legal limit in Maryland. We're all tired of a political system that puts big donors first. Time and again we witness a broken system that gives undue influence to big money, often to the detriment of the common good. But conventional wisdom says that you need to either be rich or get big donations in order to win. Well, we're going to prove them wrong and change the way campaigns are run.
An early experience of tragedy in our family shaped my character and impressed upon me the importance of having support from the community and the government. When I was 11 years old, I was in a car accident that killed my father and almost took my life. My mom was left raising me and my two younger siblings, working hard to care for us while also working and going to back to school. She continues to be one of my strongest role models.
After graduating from The University of Maryland, I served abroad for the better part of three years with different service agencies on several continents. These experiences have helped me learn invaluable life lessons, including how to respectfully navigate different cultures and customs, how to communicate in a second (and third) language, and how to continue to love and respect people that have different beliefs and ideas. These experiences strengthened my commitment to public service personally and professionally.
As a chaplain and pastor, I care for and walk with people throughout their lives, especially in the difficult times. I listen to people and support them, no matter their background or political persuasion. I started working with children in my area in 2001, and continue to run two weekly programs supporting at-risk elementary school students. I work with all kinds of people to help them be strong leaders who serve our communities.
I'm not just trying to be a better public servant. I'm trying to help change a broken political system that too often seems to serve the interests of big money. Thank you for your support.