Neal E. Boyd enters race for State Representative | Community Spirit
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - He's known for his singing voice and now Neal E. Boyd, of Sikeston wants to run for the Missouri State House.
The Sikeston native made the announcement, at the same republican event Rick Santorum spoke at on Saturday in Cape Girardeau.
“I am running for state representative to ensure that the citizens, and more importantly, the children of the 149th District have the same opportunities to succeed that I had,” Boyd said. “If my life shows anything, it’s that the American Dream can still be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”
Boyd has a bachelor's degree in speech communications from Southeast Missouri State University, a Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He also attended the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Boyd dropped out of the race to replace Rep. Ellen Brandom last October citing concerns about his weight. After going on a diet and after the new district maps drew him into the 149th District, his family and friends urged him to reconsider his decision.
“I’ve worked hard to get my body into better shape, and I’ve lost 65 pounds since dropping out of the race for the 160th District. And I continue to progressively lose weight,” Boyd said. “When the new district maps came out, my phone started ringing off the hook with people who thought I should run. It’s funny. Friends have told me there isn’t any better way to continue losing weight than knocking on doors in the district.”
Barring a primary opponent, Boyd will be running against Democrat Steve Hodges in November.
Boyd won NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2008 and still performs opera around the country. When not performing, he sells insurance in Sikeston as co-owner of Cox & Boyd Insurance and Vice President of sales for Voluntary Benefits Services.
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