Arkansas native, and Business Development leader at Johnson Controls, Alex Ray is vying for Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands in the upcoming 2018 Republican Primary. Incumbent John Thurston is the current Commissioner and has reached his term limit. Thurston has announced his candidacy for Secretary of State. Currently Ray will be facing First Congressional District Chairman Tommy Land in the primary election. Democrat Shaun Hubanks has announced his plan to run as well.
Ray is a sixth-generation Arkansan. He works with local governments, colleges and universities, and school districts across the state. In a recent interview with KTLO, Classic Hits 101.7 and The Boot News Ray says his work experience makes him the ideal candidate to move the office of the Commissioner of State lands forward.