Meet George Bray
Why I’m Running
Paducah is at a crossroads. Our population has declined or has been stagnant since the 1960s, and I believe we have become dangerously close to slipping backward. While we are focusing on controversial development projects, the city has not added jobs. I am not willing to accept the status quo and believe that strong leadership is needed to move the city forward.
If elected, I will drive more collaboration among citizens and neighborhood groups, add energy and experience to our local boards, and lead the board of commissioners in making sound financial decisions and focusing on the right issues to ensure Paducah heads in the right direction.
Family is important to me and between us, my wife, Angela West Bray, and I have eight children between the ages of 19 and 39. We are committed to this campaign as a family. I am a 6th generation native of Paducah and have a daughter and granddaughter who are residents of Paducah that represent a 7th and 8th generation. My grandfather, George Thomas, was a successful city commissioner in the early 1950s, and my cousin, Buz Smith, was a six-term city commissioner from 1996 to 2008.
I bring 40 years of successful professional management with a highly developed skill set in managing and motivating teams of diverse people. I have a strong track record of accomplishing goals through the efforts of others and am an example of “how much you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
I have a vested interest in the success of Paducah and the history of selflessly leading. I invite you to read my full bio.
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Paducah has the potential to offer opportunities of larger cities without sacrificing the benefits of living in a smaller city. No one person can do it, and it is going to take us all. It will take a diverse group of people sharing ideas and listening to one another to create #OnePaducah.