The Nettleton police officer
wants to bring change
By Emily Le Coz
TUPELO – The mayor’s race gained a last-minute candidate when Kentrel Boyd qualified two days before deadline at City Hall.
Boyd, 38, filed papers as a Democrat on Wednesday. This is his second bid for mayor after an unsuccessful run as a Republican in 2005.
He’ll face Doyce Deas in the May 5 primary. Republicans Jack Reed Jr. and James Presley also are seeking the office.
“I have listened to the people, and they are not happy,” Boyd said in explaining his decision to run. “There is a sense of pride here, but I believe some changes can be made to improve the quality of life.”
Boyd is a police officer in the city of Nettleton but lives with friends in Tupelo. He recently lost his home to foreclosure after the economy turned sour. The experience, while difficult, will help him relate to the average person if elected, Boyd said.
“People out there are actually struggling, and it’s time for someone in City Hall to understand that,” he said.
In addition to his policing work, Boyd is the area manager for Operation Interdependence, an organization that sends care packages to deployed troops.
Boyd has been an on-air personality for American Family Radio, worked for a Tupelo public-relations firm called EyeAd Inc., and done modeling and acting.
He was born in Aberdeen but raised in Houston, Texas. He returned to Northeast Mississippi in 2001.
If elected, Boyd said, he will work to improve the city’s quality of life and to improve communication within city government and between the government and its constituents. He’ll also vigorously promote Tupelo tourism and establish more venues for the youth and their families.
“I don’t want to give away too much as far as my vision of Tupelo,” Boyd said, “but it definitely will center on family-fun activities that are affordable.”
Boyd said he also wants to support working-class people by offering more post-secondary educational opportunities. Education, he said, is a huge priority.
“Working-class residents in Tupelo and America have been providing the main source of revenue to the government,” he said, “and our priority must be to take care of their needs.”
Boyd ran four years ago as a Republican but switched parties, he said, because the GOP failed to adequately support him in the previous race. He also said Republicans tend to be associated with the upper class, whereas Boyd is trying to represent the working class.
“So I’m meeting them where they are by coming to the Democratic party,” he said.
Boyd has an associates degree from the Art Institute of Houston. He is single and attends Cross Pointe Ministries in Tupelo.
For more information about his campaign, contact Boyd at (662) 844-7777 or visit his Web site, www.boydformayor.com.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.