Randy Boyd talks career & technical training, mental health during local visit
Randy Boyd, a Republican running for governor of the Volunteer state, made several stops in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area Thursday.
He is travelling to five counties in our area to share his vision for the state. We had the chance to speak with him, and learn more about his top priorities would be if he were elected.
Boyd said his top priorities are education, jobs, and roads.
He talked about how he believes it's important to bring back career and technical education to high schools. He also talked about making sure rural communities have access to broadband.
Boyd is a businessman who owns a pet products company. He also spent some time working in Governor Haslam's administration.
He says he helped create the Tennessee Promise program that allows students to get technical or community college degrees for free.
He also mentioned that there is one issue that is not getting enough attention.
"When you look at the root cause of homelessness," said Boyd, "the root cause of overcrowding in our jails, the root cause of the school safety issues and many others, our drug addiction issues - a lot of it, the root cause is mental health, and we as a state and as a country have underinvested in resources that take care of people with addiction and mental health"
Early voting begins on July 13th.
The other Republicans in the race for governor include Congresswoman Diane Black, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, and businessman Bill Lee.
Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean and state representative Craig Fitzhugh are the two democrats in the race.