Carl “Ray” Russell is a 61-year-old weather enthusiast and college lecturer at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In 1999, Russell set up his first weather forecast website, which rates each day according to golf balls. It also motivates his entry into public service:
- “I decided in March, that while I had no political experience, I do have life experiences, personal capital and name recognition putting me in a position that I could make a run for office. Whether I deserved them or not, those were gifts I had been given, and I felt the weight of responsibility to step forward.” (Boone Mountain Press, 10/12/17)
A resident of the area for 25 years, Russell only affiliated with the Democratic Party last November. His voter history shows a record of pulling Republican and Democratic ballots. Nevertheless, his political activity includes support for liberal policies that would cripple the state’s economy and harm the free market. As a contributor, Russell has not given any money to federal candidates or committees, but in North Carolina he made a single contribution to Graig Meyer totaling $200 in 2017.
In addition to hosting a “rain dance” in November 2016, Russell also supported and/or participated in several political rallies/protests, including the Moral Monday Marches in 2017 and 2018, the North Carolina Association of Educators March in 2018, the Women’s March in 2018, and the March for Our Lives in 2018.
Russell opposed the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which reformed federal income taxes and spurred significant economic growth across the nation, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs and saving the average middle class North Carolina family nearly $600 annually. He also tweeted criticism of the state’s voter ID constitutional amendment, sided with those who opposed the 2018 state budget (which raised teacher pay and cut taxes), and supported Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed budget (which increased spending and stopped tax cuts).
In response to the Parkland, FL school shooting, Russell attacked the National Rifle Association (NRA), including those who have received support from the NRA politically. Russell went so far as sharing Rep. Grier Martin’s idea that “Campaign money from the NRA is indelibly stained in blood.” in a February 14th tweet.
Read more about him here: Russell Summary.