Rep. Gerald McCormick, nine legislative colleagues back Randy Boyd's bid for Tennessee governor

Rep. Gerald McCormick, nine legislative colleagues back Randy Boyd's bid for Tennessee governor

May 14th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Businessman Randy Boyd speaks to reporters after a gubernatorial forum hosted by the Tennessee Business Roundtable in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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This story was updated May 14, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, Tenn., are among a group of Tennessee legislators backing Randy Boyd in the Republican Knoxville businessman and former state economic commissioner's GOP gubernatorial primary bid, according to a campaign news release.

A former state House majority leader, McCormick said "for me, it boils down to proven conservative leadership, both as a businessman and as a former state commissioner, and someone who has a bold, new vision for our state. Randy Boyd is the only candidate who meets both of these criteria, and I fully support him in this race."

Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, laughs Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, laughs Tuesday, Jan. 5,...

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Other major candidates running for Republicans' nomination are U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Franklin businessman Bill Lee.

Other lawmakers are on the latest list of GOP lawmakers publicly endorsing Boyd in the Aug. 2 Republican primary.

Senators endorsing Boyd on Monday were Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville; Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson; Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol; and Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro.

In addition to McCormick and Travis, other House members endorsing Boyd were Rep. Michael Curcio, R-Dickson; Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville; Rep. Ron Gant, R-Rossville, and Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Kenton.

Lawmakers cited in previous Boyd campaign lists are Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville; Sen. Becky Massey, R-Knoxville; Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston; Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge; Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, and Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville.

Boyd recently announced the support of more than 160 top business leaders across Tennessee, with the campaign saying it signals "growing momentum and support all across the state from both the public and the private sectors."

"During my time as Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, I established good working relationships with these legislative leaders and have been impressed with their steadfast commitment in keeping Tennessee a business-friendly, low tax state," Boyd said in the news release.

He said he is "thankful for their support and energized by our plans to work together in cutting taxes and red tape and making sure Tennessee remains the best place to live, work, and do business."

Boyd welcomed what he called "their partnership to truly make Tennessee THE State of Opportunity for everyone in our state."