Randy Boyd.

It's the kind of name that, for some reason, sounds like somebody you'd know.

You could imagine one saying, "Hey, guess what. Remember our buddy Randy Boyd from high school? I ran into him the other day."

Boyd, who is a Republican candidate for governor, definitely gave the impression of a down-to-earth person Monday morning during a campaign stop at The Woodlands at Capital Way apartment complex in Atoka.

Eschewing a suit for khakis and a polo shirt, Boyd spoke to about 50 people who showed up for the event. He even kissed a baby.

"It's a great way to start your day by kissing a baby," he joked. "I'm actually keeping track. I think that's four now."

He was introduced by Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley, who, along with Covington Police Chief Buddy Lewis, was wearing a Randy Boyd campaign sticker. Covington Mayor Justin Hanson voiced his support of Boyd and Atoka Police Chief Jesse Poole was also in attendance.

Boyd talked about better funding for law enforcement, building a strong workforce and improving education and infrastructure. He also said West Tennessee has not received as much support as other parts of the state.

"I'm a Christian, a conservative and not a politician," he said. "I'm looking forward to making these next nine years the best in West Tennessee history and build a foundation to continue that for generations to come."

The governor's primary is Aug. 2 and the general election is Nov. 6.

Most polls show U.S Rep. Diane Black and Boyd as the front runners for the Republican nomination.

Bill Lee, who is also a Republican candidate for governor, is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Covington Civic Center.

Boyd is the owner of Radio Systems Corporation, a business that produces pet products with annual revenues of $400 million. He also served as the state's Economic and Community Development Commissioner under Gov. Bill Haslam.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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