NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.
The Republican tells The Associated Press he is running on a platform of creating job opportunities for Tennesseans through education.
Boyd stepped down last month as Haslam’s economic development commissioner, a position that took him to all 95 counties.
Boyd was previously a top adviser to the governor as he rolled out his free community college program called Tennessee Promise and his “Drive to 55” initiative to boost the percentage of Tennesseans with higher education degrees or certificates.
Boyd is the founder of Radio Systems Corp., a company that makes invisible fences and other pet products.
Boyd joins state Sen. Mark Green in the GOP nomination race, though several others are expected to join.
Boyd had this to say in a statement released on Monday morning:
“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. 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. 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. 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.”
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