Interim successor to Pody picked for House District 46: Clark Boyd, former county GOP chair

Clark Boyd, the owner of a Lebanon insurance agency who ran unsuccessfully against Mae Beavers in the 2014 Republican primary for the state Senate District 17 seat, was chosen by the Wilson County Commission Wednesday evening to serve as a state representative on an interim basis. He is also a former Wilson County GOP chairman.

Boyd replaces former Rep. Mark Pody,  who resigned the House District 46 seat after winning a special election to succeed Beavers in the Senate. With his appointment, the House is back to a full 99 members.

From the Lebanon Democrat:

Boyd beat out nominees Bob Haley and Kevin Mack, getting a total of 16 votes of the 22 commissioners present. Haley and Mack received five and one votes respectively.

Boyd was the only candidate to receive a nomination during the public nomination session of the meeting. Cumberland University President Dr. Paul Stumb called Boyd a good friend and a good man during his nomination.

“I would like to nominate a man I know to be a man of exemplary character, a veteran, a business owner and a fine Christian friend,” said Stumb.

… “I guess I’m unique among the candidates here because I’m interested in serving only as a temporary legislator and will not pursue another term,” said Mack (in a speech to the commission). “I appreciate your consideration for this appointment.”

… District 46 includes Cannon County and portions of Wilson and DeKalb counties.

… Boyd said he is a NRA member, pro life and an advocate for the Second Amendment. As a small business owner, Boyd said he is also aware of the challenges that big government can create for business. He said he will work to reduce red tape and keep taxes low for Tennesseans. Boyd said he will work with other legislators to curtail illegal immigration, and he opposes the establishment of any sanctuary cities within Tennessee.

Boyd is the owner of an insurance agency in Lebanon. He and his wife, Jada, have two children, Wilson, 9, and Blair Ellen, 6. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church, where they teach Sunday school together and he serves as a deacon.

Note: Contrary to a statement in the original version of this post, Boyd is planning to seek election to the post later this year. The erroneous sentence has now been deleted.

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