Clay County resident Ray Forbess has earned the confidence of our public safety professionals, including our police, our fighters, our sheriff and community leaders we trust. I have thoughtfully reviewed Ray’s credentials, character and ethics very thoroughly and I trust Ray as our next Judge.”

––Mike Cella, elected Clay County Commissioner

Prior to law school, Ray Forbess attended Bishop Kenny High School and University of North Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Forbess began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney. Ray met his wife, Sarah, while working at the Clay County State Attorney’s office. Today, they’re raising their son in the family-friendly community of Green Cove Springs.

During his public service as a prosecutor, Ray was promoted to Circuit Court where he handled serious felony cases ranging from theft, burglaries, narcotics violations, and crimes of violence.  Ray worked closely with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit throughout his service in Clay County.


Ray received an official commendation from then Sheriff Rick Beseler in 2011 for assisting in the shutting down of a large scale Pill Mill operation in Orange Park


Wanting to continue the progression in his career Ray was transferred to the Duval County Office to work in Repeat Offender Court commonly referred to as “ROC” court.  This unit handled Repeat Offenders, Prison Release Re Offenders, Habitual Violent Offenders, and Violent Career Criminal Offenders.  After spending over one year in “ROC” court Ray was transferred to the Special Prosecution Unit.  The assignment in this unit was narrowly tailored to high end narcotics cases to include long term investigation and wire taps as well as Gang Unit investigations.  During this assignment Ray was assigned to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, Border Control, local agencies’ Narcotics Units to include, Clay County, Nassau County, Baker County, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Ray worked daily with these units as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit.  This assignment once again provided Ray the opportunity to assist the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on their investigations, as often times the targets were involved in crimes in Duval and Clay County.  Ray finished his career at the State Attorney’s Office as a Homicide Major Crimes prosecutor.  This unit handled all the cases that involved a shooting or a homicide. 


At the conclusion of his tenure, Ray was awarded the 2015 Homicide Prosecutor of the year award from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office


Upon leaving the State Attorney’s Office Ray went into private practice as defense counsel ensuring Constitutional rights are upheld in every case. His law firm’s focus is in cases involving police officers, civil citations, felonies and misdemeanors. Ray has also handled civil injunctions and have assisted clients in civil small claims cases and evictions.


In service to the community, Ray received a Pro Bono Honors Award for helping citizens without the financial means to afford legal services, giving 150 – 200 hours per year throughout Ray’s entire legal career.


Ray Forbess firmly believes in assuring individual rights with absolute fairness. With the experience and values needed to uphold the Constitution and all Amendments, many Clay County residents trust Ray Forbess with the sacred responsibility of ensuring public safety without compromising our Constitutional guarantees.

Ray Forbess has the temperament and broad range of legal experience needed to serve as our next Clay County Judge.”
––Darcy Galnor, local attorney

With a judge now retiring, Clay County voters will chose their next Judge. With 35 years in Clay County Courtrooms as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I can tell you that Ray Forbess will serve the people of Clay County with the kind of honor Americans expect in their Judges.”
––Mark Sieron, local attorney

Ray Forbess is among those who believe the Constitution is a vault into which the founders deposited our principles of government and says that no judge should use the Court to implement his own personal beliefs or agenda. To the litigants in every case, Ray Forbess believes in an equal and level hearing with no preferences shown to anyone on any basis. Every person is entitled to justice.

I know the solemn importance of upholding the Constitution. In an election, it’s our duty to protect it with our vote. Please join me with your vote for Ray Forbess as our next Clay County Judge.”
––Tom Platt, local Government Professor