Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist announced his endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd in the state's race for governor. Gist said while he tries to avoid endorsing candidates in political races, he believes Boyd is the most likely candidate to build on Gov. Bill Haslam’s work as governor.Learn more
Randy Boyd is a proud Republican and a seventh-generation Tennessean — raised in South Knoxville and with deep roots in West Tennessee. While building his business, giving back to the community and serving as a member of Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet, Randy has always taken a conservative, results-oriented approach to improving the lives of Tennesseans.
There is no greater conservative than a small business owner. Randy’s life and work is a testament to the Volunteer State’s most important values of hard work, personal responsibility, steadfast faith in God and unconditional love for family.
Randy worked to pay his way through college, and at 19, Randy graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with no debt, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college.
At 23, Randy started his first business, and at 31 — with his wife Jenny working as a court reporter and a 2-year-old at home — he sunk their entire life savings into designing a new product: an underground pet fence. Twenty-five years later, Randy’s company, Radio Systems Corporation, produces more than 4,000 pet-related products — including the Invisible Fence — and employs more than 700 people.
In 2013, Randy served in Governor Bill Haslam’s administration as an unpaid advisor on education, resulting in the creation of the Drive to 55 initiative and the Tennessee Promise program. Recently, Randy served as the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. Under his leadership, the private sector committed to creating 50,000 new jobs and investing $11 billion.
Champion of the GOP: The Great Opportunity Party
Randy is a lifelong Republican. In 2002, he served as U.S. Senate candidate Ed Bryant’s Knox County finance chair, and in 2012, Randy served as the state co-chairman for Romney for President. He believes that, working together, the GOP can become known as the Great Opportunity Party.Meet Randy
Access to Education
Randy is committed to ensuring all Tennesseans have the opportunity for a better job or to start a business, through improved education and training. Because of Randy’s work on the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise, more first-generation college students, like Randy, are enrolled in community colleges and technical schools than ever before.Learn More
Supporting Small Businesses
As a successful business owner, Randy knows what works to build the economy and grow jobs. As governor, he will bring this common-sense, conservative approach to foster more entrepreneurship. He doesn’t just talk about it — he’s actually done it. He’s invested in dozens of new Tennessee companies through the Boyd Venture Fund at the University of Tennessee, and he has personally funded co-working spaces for new entrepreneurs to make their start. Randy supports small business, and he believes there is no greater conservative than a small business owner.Learn More
In the News
Columbia, Tenn. - Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, is not only racking up the miles, but an unprecedented wave of endorsements as he continues his historic 537.3 mile run across the state of Tennessee.Learn more
After awaking at 4:30 a.m. to run about six miles Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro, gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd found time to stop at Puckett’s Grocery in Williamson County, as part of his quest to run a portion of all of Tennessee’s 95 counties, or 537.3 miles on the campaign trail.Learn more