The man set to carry the Liberal Democrat flag in the 2017 General Election said the chance to go to the polls early was a huge opportunity for voters.
If Parliament approves the move tomorrow, voters across the country will once again head to the polls on June 8.
Mr Ray, who gained 2,700 votes in 2015 to finish third in 2015 behind Conservative victor Michael Fabricant with 28,389 and Labour Chris Worsey with 10,200, said there was a now a chance for local people to make their voices heard on key issues such as Brexit and the future of the economy.
“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Lichfield and Burntwood to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition,” he said.
“People may have voted to leave the EU, but many did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.
“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.”
Mr Ray said the battle for his party was to topple Labour in order to hold the Tories to account.
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government,” he said. “We are the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”