Lebanon small business owner and Wilson County Republican Party Chairman Clark Boyd announced his candidacy Monday for state Senate in Tennessee's 17th district.
"After much discussion, prayerful consideration and encouragement from people around the district, I have decided to seek this opportunity to serve Tennessee in the state Senate," said Boyd. “People from all around our region have made it clear that they are looking for fresh, new, conservative leadership in Nashville. With Republican supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature, we as conservatives have a historic opportunity to advance our ideals and affect meaningful change, but only if we set aside differences of the past and move forward together on the principles that unite us as a party."
Tennessee’s 17th district includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties.
"While Washington continues to grow the size of government and chip away at our freedoms, Tennessee must continue on the right path,” said Boyd. “If given the opportunity to serve our district at the state Capitol, I will work tirelessly to grow our economy, work with local leaders to attract businesses and industry to our district and defend our proud Tennessee values.”
In anticipation of his state Senate bid, Boyd contacted executive committee members of the Wilson County Republican Party to inform them of his plans to step down as chairman, avoiding any potential conflict of interest.
“Clark is a natural leader,” said past WCRP chairman Kevin Foushee. “With his energy and charisma he brought new life into the Republican Party. He is very well liked and respected. During his time as chairman, people easily identified with and supported his ideas”
During his time as WCRP chairman, Boyd oversaw an increase in membership, implemented precinct level organizational planning and included high school young Republicans in the annual WCRP Reagan Day Dinner held at the Capitol Theater.
Boyd is a small business owner and State Farm agent in Lebanon. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Clark served for 11 years in the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve before being medically discharged in 2007 at the rank of captain.
Locally, Clark has served as president of the Wilson County Habitat for Humanity board of directors, president of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, and is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
Boyd is married to his wife of 12 years, Jada, who is a teacher and school counselor. Together they have two children, Wilson, 5, and Blair Ellen, 2. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, where Boyd serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.