Boyd gets seven more mayor endorsements

News release from Randy Boyd campaign

Greeneville, Tenn. – Fresh from his historic run and series of listening and learning stops all across Northeast Tennessee, Republican candidate Randy Boyd today announced the endorsement of an impressive group of city mayors in the region who are already actively working in support of his growing grassroots campaign for Governor.  Those endorsing Boyd today include:

  • Mayor Doris Hensley – Erwin

  • Mayor W.T. Daniels – Greeneville

  • Mayor John Clark – Kingsport

  • Mayor Gary Chesney – Morristown

  • Mary Kevin Parsons – Mountain City

  • Mayor Connie Ball – Newport

  • Mayor Johnny Lynch – Unicoi

They join a number of county mayors in the area who previously endorsed Boyd, including:

  • Mayor Crystal Ottinger – Cocke County

  • Mayor David Crum – Greene County

  • Mayor Bill Brittain – Hamblen County

  • Mayor Tom Harrison – Hancock County

  • Mayor Larry Potter – Johnson County

  • Mayor Greg Lynch – Unicoi County

  • Mayor Dan Eldridge – Washington County

“I am deeply grateful to have these outstanding local executives stand with me so early in our growing grassroots campaign for Governor. The work they are doing makes an enormous difference to their communities,” Boyd said.

“An astute political observer once said: ‘Mayors are pragmatists. They get things done. Or they are out of a job.’ And that’s how it should be. As a businessman, and not a professional politician, that’s what I expect in my company, and that’s what we should expect from government – and these mayors are delivering.”

Several of the mayors who have endorsed Boyd said his proven commitment to rural Tennessee and his work as co-chair of the state’s Rural Task Force put him in direct touch with the needs of their communities.

Boyd’s 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:

Governor Haslam created the Rural Task Force to bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout the state.  The Task Force actively worked to build a stronger rural Tennessee by driving local, state and federal partnerships and stakeholders to continuously improve education, health, entrepreneurial opportunities, economic and workforce development and digital infrastructure.

“We are only as rich as our poorest neighbors – and far too many of our neighbors and communities are still struggling,” Boyd said. “But I have every confidence if we remain focused and work together that Team Tennessee can and will create many more opportunities to improve the lives of Tennesseans all across our great state. As Governor, I look forward to working with these outstanding mayors to make it happen.”

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.

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.

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