Ray Jeffers was elected to the Person County Board of Commissioners in 2008, and was the youngest commissioner elected that year in North Carolina. In 2013, Jeffers was sworn in as the 97th president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, where he was the first commissioner from Person County elected to the role, as well as the youngest president in the Association’s history. Having previously served as chairman of the Rural Action Caucus for the National Association of Counties, Jeffers and other key county officials represented America’s rural counties, burroughs, and parishes in Washington, D.C., discussing federal issues and legislation important to rural areas. He also served as the South Regional Representative for the National Association of Counties, representing 12 southern states on the National Association of Counties executive committee until December 2020. Jeffers is an alumnus of Piedmont Community College and North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University. He is also the owner and operator of B.R. Jeffers Farms LLC.