Russell to challenge Jordan

By Jesse Campbell -

(photo courtesy of Ray Russell.

BOONE-You’ve known him close to 20 years even if you have never met the man personally.

He’s both the harbinger of bad news and a beacon of light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

He’s the High Country weatherman and in addition to bringing you the latest up-to-date forecasts, he’s about to try his hand at politics.

Ray Russell announced this week his intent to challenge incumbent Jonathan Jordan in representing the 93rd District, which includes Ashe and Watauga counties.

Russell will officially make his announcement on Monday at Smokey Mountain Barbecue in West Jefferson at 6:30 p.m., according to Ralph Sorrell of the Ashe County Democratic Party.

Russell has been a computer science professor at Appalachian State University for the past 26 years. Prior to joining the Appalachian faculty, Russell served as a minister for churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina and as a faculty member at Freed-Hardman University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Russell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, Master’s Degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and a PhD in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology from Georgia Tech, according to a biography on his website

“Government in Raleigh is broken at its core,” Russell said on his website. “The people of North Carolina deserve a government worthy of this Great State.”

Reach Jesse Campbell at (335) 846-7164.

(photo courtesy of
Ray Russell. courtesy of
Ray Russell.

By Jesse Campbell


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