Randy Boyd to make run for office of governor

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Randy Boyd, Knoxville businessman and philanthropist, former state commissioner of Economic and Community Development and architect of the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to college, confirmed recently his plans to run for governor of Tennessee in 2018.

“There is not a better time to live and work in Tennessee, but not everyone is sharing in that success. So my campaign will be about expanding opportunities for every Tennessee family and community,“ Boyd said. “The opportunity for a better education – the opportunity for better jobs – and a better opportunity for everyone, regardless of where you live, whether you’re from rural Tennessee, the inner city or somewhere in between. That’s how I’ve tried to serve in the past, and that is my vision for an even greater, more successful Tennessee.”

Boyd, who is a lifelong Republican and a seventh-generation Tennessean, was raised in south Knoxville, but has deep roots in rural West Tennessee.  While building his business, giving back to the community, and serving as a member of Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet as ECD commissioner, and earlier in developing the state’s Drive to 55 initiative and Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarship programs, he has taken a conservative, results-oriented approach to improving the lives of Tennesseans.

“Jenny and I are excited to launch this new adventure. I’m not a professional politician. My background is growing a small business. But I gained enough experience in Nashville to know how to get things done there,” Boyd said. “While working in Nashville, I traveled to all 95 counties to make sure I was listening to and in touch with what was on the minds of my neighbors. So the early days of this campaign will be a continuation of that listening and learning process, and I could not be more excited about getting started.”

Boyd officially filed his qualifying papers to run last week, and is already raising contributions to fund his campaign. 

Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corp., headquartered in Knoxville, with more than 700 employees worldwide and with offices in seven countries. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company currently produces more than 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG. It is a privately held corporation with revenues approaching $400 million. Boyd is also owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Johnson City Cardinals, a rookie league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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 live in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.

For more information about Boyd and his campaign for governor, visit randyboyd.com.


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