Boyd gets more endorsements from mayors

News release from Randy Boyd campaign

Crossville, Tenn. – After completing his historic run across East Tennessee and his climb up the Cumberland Plateau, Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has not only racked up more than 216 miles of his historic 537.3 mile run across the state, but also the political endorsement of dozens of East Tennessee mayors. 

Today, Boyd announced the names of 33 more city mayors in East Tennessee who are actively working in support of his growing grassroots campaign for Governor.  The city mayors endorsing Boyd today include:

·       Mayor Don Mull – Alcoa

·       Mayor Chuck Burris – Athens

·       Mayor Clint Hurley – Baneberry

·       Mayor Tom Rowland – Cleveland

·       Mayor Scott Burton – Clinton

·       Mayor George Gantte – Dandridge

·       Mayor Gary Louallen – Dayton

·       Mayor Dwain Land – Dunlap

·       Mayor Andy Lawhorn – Friendsville

·       Mayor Mike Werner – Gatlinburg

·       Mayor Wayne Best – Harriman

·       Mayor Dennis Jeffers – Huntsville

·       Mayor Mark Potts – Jefferson City

·       Mayor Mike Stanfield – LaFollette

·       Mayor Tony Aikens – Lenoir City

·       Mayor Tom Bickers – Louisville

·       Mayor Tim Neal – Kingston

·       Mayor Glenn Moser – Madisonville

·       Mayor Thomas Gregg – Mosheim

·       Mayor Beau Tucker – New Market

·       Mayor Jack Lay – Oneida

·       Mayor Chris Miller – Philadelphia

·       Mayor David Wear – Pigeon Forge

·       Mayor Philip Cagle – Pikeville

·       Mayor Carl Koella III – Rockford

·       Mayor Michael Lovely – Rocky Top

·       Mayor Bryan Atchley – Sevierville

·       Mayor William Riley – Sneedville

·       Mayor Doyle Lowe – Sweetwater

·       Mayor Patrick Hawkins – Tellico Plains

·       Mayor Michael Talley – Townsend

·       Mayor Bob Lovingood – Vonore

·       Mayor Glen Warren – White Pine

“I am honored and grateful to have these outstanding leaders standing with me so early in this campaign,” Boyd said. “I look forward to working with them to truly make Tennessee THE State of Opportunity – for education, for jobs, for ALL of Tennessee.”

In endorsing Boyd, many of the mayors point to Boyd’s proven experience and commitment in supporting their communities, including his work as the state’s economic development commissioner, as the architect of the state’s Tennessee Promise college scholarship program and Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, as co-chair of the state’s Rural Task Force, and his commitment to aggressively attacking the state’s opioid crisis.

Earlier this week, Boyd became the first gubernatorial candidate to release a comprehensive plan to fight the alarming epidemic, which is threatening the lives of Tennesseans and the vitality of local communities across the state.  Boyd’s new 10 Point Plan to mobilize, prevent, and recover from the current opioid epidemic can be found at:

Boyd’s prior leadership of the state’s Rural Task Force resulted in a detailed report and roadmap for Rural Tennessee, outlining more than 30 tangible initiatives to ensure every county and community can share in the state’s unprecedented economic success. A full copy of the Rural Task Force report is available at:

 The 33 mayors announced today join more than 50 other county and city mayors from all across the state who previously endorsed Boyd, including:

East Tennessee

·       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 W.T. Daniels – Greeneville

·       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 John Clark – Kingsport

·       Mayor Tim Yates – Monroe County

·       Mayor Don Edwards – Morgan County

·       Mayor Gary Chesney – Morristown

·       Mary Kevin Parsons – Mountain City

·       Mayor Connie Ball – Newport

·       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 Johnny Lynch – Unicoi

·       Mayor Greg Lynch – Unicoi County

·       Mayor Mike Williams – Union County

·       Mayor Dan Eldridge – Washington County

Upper Cumberland

·       Mayor J. Michael Cross – Fentress County

·       Mayor Ben Danner – Overton County

·       Mayor Richard Daniel – Pickett County

·       Mayor Denny Robinson – White 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 Jim Durrett – Montgomery County

·       Mayor Sloan Stewart – Moore County

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 Mark Luttrell – Shelby County

·       Mayor Jake Bynum – Weakley County

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 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.

Combining his passion for long-distance running with his desire to meet and learn from as many Tennesseans as possible, while promoting a healthier Tennessee, Boyd is the first candidate in Tennessee history to literally run the length of the state by running 537.3 miles from Bristol to Memphis as part of his campaign.

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