21 More County Mayors Endorse Randy Boyd for Governor

County Mayors Across TN Endorse Randy Boyd

Nashville, Tenn. – On the eve of launching his 537.3 mile run across the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd today announced the public support and endorsement of 21 more county mayors from all across rural Middle and West Tennessee.

With today’s announcements, Boyd, the state’s former commissioner of economic and community development, has been endorsed by 45 local county mayors from across the state.

“I sincerely appreciate and am honored for the endorsement and support of these outstanding local leaders – but even more grateful for their ongoing advice and counsel,” Boyd said.

“While serving as co-chair of the state’s Rural Task Force, we worked closely together on everything from jobs to tourism, education to banking, from agriculture to health and safety. But we know there is much more we need to do to make sure all of our counties and communities are sharing in our state’s unprecedented economic success. That is my commitment to rural Tennessee, and I look forward to working with these and other local leaders around our state to get the job done.”

Today’s announcement comes just after last week’s endorsement by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the state’s most populous county. It also follows earlier endorsements by Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and by 22 county mayors from all across East Tennessee.

The 21 County Mayors endorsing Boyd today include:

            West Tennessee
            Mayor Kenny McBride – Carroll County
            Mayor Mike Creasy – Decatur County
            Mayor Chris Young – Dyer County
            Mayor Skip Taylor – Fayette County
            Mayor Tom Witherspoon – Gibson County
            Mayor Brent Greer – Henry County
            Mayor Denny Johnson – Lake County
            Mayor Benny McGuire – Obion County
            Mayor Jake Bynum – Weakley County
            Middle Tennessee
            Mayor Richard Stewart – Franklin County
            Mayor Shaun Lawson – Hickman County
            Mayor Jesse Wallace – Humphreys County
            Mayor T.R. Williams – Lawrence County
            Mayor Bill Webb – Lewis County
            Mayor Bill Newman – Lincoln County
            Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett – Marshall County
            Mayor Sloan Stewart – Moore County
            Upper Cumberland
            Mayor J. Michael Cross – Fentress County
            Mayor Ben Danner – Overton County
            Mayor Richard Daniel – Pickett County
            Mayor Denny Robinson – White County

“Randy Boyd is a friend to small counties like Overton County, and as Governor, we would have someone who not only works for the large counties and cities, but small rural areas like ours, too,” said Mayor Ben Danner from Overton County. “I proudly endorse Randy Boyd as the next Governor of the great state of Tennessee.”

“Lincoln County’s #1 industry is agriculture. Like a lot of farmers, I have a primary job off the farm, mine just happens to be the County Mayor,” said Mayor Bill Newman from Lincoln County. “Randy Boyd made building a strong rural economy a priority when he was Tennessee’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. I support and will be voting for Randy to be our next Governor. Rural Tennessee needs Randy Boyd. All of Tennessee needs Randy Boyd.”

“When Gibson County needed help, we called Randy Boyd and he went to bat for us in a big way. Randy’s West Tennessee roots were on display when it came time to deliver,” said Mayor Tom Witherspoon from Gibson County.

“Tennessee needs a governor who understand the importance of education and its connection to economic development,” said Mayor T.R. Williams from Lawrence County. “Randy Boyd knows that better job opportunities and quality of life begin with a strong education system. That’s why I’m supporting Randy Boyd as our next Governor.”

“As Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Randy Boyd sincerely listened and worked hard for us,” said Mayor Mike Creasy from Decatur County. “As Governor, I know he will continue to listen and be committed to finding to finding real solutions to the many challenges we face in all areas of rural Tennessee.”

The 24 County Mayors who previously endorsed Boyd include:

Mayor Terry Frank – Anderson County
Mayor Gregg Ridley – Bledsoe County
Mayor Ed Mitchell – Blount County
Mayor Gary Davis – Bradley County
Mayor Jack Daniels – Claiborne County
Mayor Crystal Ottinger – Cocke County
Mayor David Crum – Greene County
Mayor Bill Brittain – Hamblen County
Mayor Tom Harrison – Hancock County
Mayor Alan Palmieri – Jefferson County
Mayor Larry Potter – Johnson County
Mayor Buddy Bradshaw – Loudon County
Mayor Tim Yates – Monroe County
Mayor Jim Durrett – Montgomery County

            Mayor Don Edwards – Morgan County
Mayor George Thacker – Rhea County
Mayor Ron Woody – Roane County
Mayor Dale Perdue – Scott County
Mayor Keith Cartwright – Sequatchie County
Mayor Larry Waters – Sevier County
Mayor Mark Luttrell – Shelby County
Mayor Greg Lynch – Unicoi County
Mayor Mike Williams – Union County
Mayor Dan Eldridge – Washington CountyA successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees and annual revenues of $400 million.Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or community college tuition-free.Boyd and his wife Jenny have been married for 32 years and have two children, Harrison and Thomas, a daughter-in-law Lindsey, and a beloved dog, Oskar.  They reside in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.For more information about Randy Boyd and his campaign for Governor, please visit RandyBoyd.com — like him on Facebook at RandyBoydTN, or follow him on Twitter @RandyBoyd.