By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, Dr. Will Boyd, former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama’s 2017 special election, filed his declaration of candidacy for the office of lieutenant governor of Alabama.
“Alabama needs a Lieutenant Governor who will fight for a stronger economy, truly affordable healthcare, and quality public education for all,” Boyd said. “My priority following the primary was to do all I could to help get Doug Jones elected as U.S. Senator. Now it’s time to elect other strong Democrats statewide so we can lead Alabama forward!”
Dr. Boyd filed the required paperwork with the Secretary of State, the Alabama Ethics Commission and the Alabama Democratic Party to qualify for the June 5 Democratic primary.
“Traveling all over the state for the past two years, Alabamians have asked that I strongly consider running for one of Alabama’s constitutional offices,” Boyd said. “I am answering the people’s call and will be honored to serve if they choose to elect me.”
Boyd is a former city councilman in Illinois, current chairman of the Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee and a newly elected member of the State Democratic Executive Committee.
Boyd is the chief servant and presiding bishop of Zion Ministries. He is also the pastor at Mark Missionary Baptist Church, the co-patriarch and dean of the College of Cardinals at Holy Catholic Church International. He was also the chancellor at St. James, the Elder Theological Seminary, the dean of Student Success and adjunct assistant professor of Management at Greenville College.
Boyd ran for Senate in the Democratic primary. While Boyd was the highest vote-getter in the Shoals area, where he is best known; attorney Doug Jones won the Democratic primary and went on to win the special general election, as well.
Dr. Boyd has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in business administration from Regis University, a Ph.D. in Religion from Christian Bible College, a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Christian World View from St. James, the Elder Theological Seminary.
At present, Boyd is the only candidate who has qualified for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
On the Republican side, Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, and Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have already qualified and state Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, has announced his candidacy but has yet to qualify.