Six GOP legislators to help Randy Boyd campaign for governor

News release from Randy Boyd campaign
Nashville, TN — Randy Boyd announced today the legislative leaders who will serve as his initial State Legislative Co-Chairs in his Republican campaign for Governor.
The Republican legislators named by Boyd today include:
State Senator Richard Briggs (Knoxville)
State Senator Becky Duncan Massey (Knoxville)
State Representative Kent Calfee (Kingston)
State Representative John Ragan (Oak Ridge)
State Representative Cameron Sexton (Crossville)
State Representative Eddie Smith (Knoxville)

“While serving as our state’s Commissioner of Economic & Community Development, and earlier as Governor Haslam’s special advisor for higher education, I worked closely with legislative leaders from all across our state to help local communities bring more jobs to our state, and on the Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise, on rural development and broadband issues, and so much more,” Boyd said.

“I am honored and blessed that this outstanding group of leaders will be actively advising and working with me in my campaign for Governor as we work together to truly make Tennessee THE State of Opportunity for everyone in our state.“

In addition to those serving on Boyd’s State Legislative Leadership team, several other legislators are supporting his race for governor and have contributed financially to support his campaign.

“The future of our great state and the success of our families and communities will largely be about creating even greater opportunities for all Tennesseans around education and jobs,” said State Senator Becky Duncan Massey from Knoxville. “No one works harder or has already done more for our state on those two key issues than Randy Boyd. I am proud to endorse and support him as our next Republican Governor.”

Recently, Boyd also announced the early endorsement of two dozen East Tennessee mayors already working in support of his campaign, as well as the recent endorsement of Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett in Clarksville.

Although the Republican primary election for Governor is more than a year away, Boyd has already visited all 95 counties in the state — and he has actively campaigned in nearly 70 counties, and in most multiple times, since his announcement in March.

A 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 in 7 countries 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 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 reside in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.

Note: The hometowns of the legislators, appearing in parenthesis, have been added to the press release. Except for Sexton, all represent Knox County — where Boyd lives — or adjoining counties.

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