David Ray was born and raised in a large family in Eastport. His dad was the son of Lebanese immigrants who moved to Eastport to try to participate in the anticipated, but unfulfilled, promise of economic development from the proposed Quoddy Dam project in the late 1930’s. His mom was a Lubec girl with a Downeast heritage and relatives on both sides of the border. Together, they raised six children in Eastport. David considers Eastport his home and has a deep affinity for the area and the people of Washington County. He has never missed a 4th of July celebration in Eastport.
David graduated from Shead Memorial High School in Eastport, the University of Maine at Orono and Cornell Law School. Admitted to practice law in Maine in 1977, David worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large Portland, Maine law firm until 1980, when he was appointed Law Clerk to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. After completing his clerkship, he became Staff Counsel and Assistant to U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. After two years in Washington, D.C., David returned to Portland to practice law specializing in construction law and litigation. David retired from active practice in 2016.
David currently lives in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife, Kay, and their daughter, Cyrilla. David is a strong supporter of quality education for all of Maine’s children and served for 12 years on the School Committee for the Yarmouth School District. He continues to volunteer in the schools and is currently serving on the Yarmouth Facilities Committee. David is also active and on the board of the Royal River Community Players, a community theater group in Yarmouth dedicated to providing an opportunity for area residents of all ages to participate in local theater. David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Yarmouth Historical Society. In his free time, David enjoys politics, listening to music, exercise and golf – not necessarily in that order.