Post and Mail photo / Christie Barkley
Kevin Boyd, candidate for congress, was a guest at the annual Thomas Marshall Dinner, hosted by the Whitley County Democrats. Vi Simpson, candidate for lieutenant governor, was also a guest speaker. Pictured left to right is Whitley County Democrats Vice Chair Grace Lotter, Boyd and Whitley County Democrats Chairman John Scudder.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ€” The Whitley County Democrats held its annual Thomas Marshall Dinner Monday night. Among the guests were Kevin Boyd, candidate for Congress.
Boyd said that he wanted to run for the U.S. House of Representatives because he knows how difficult the lives of Americans are today.
â€śI share the determination and hard work of many struggling families in northeast Indiana, having worked two jobs since 2007 just to make ends meet,â€ť said Boyd.
Boyd has been a Fort Wayne resident since 1989. He and his wife, Barb, have raised two children, Diana and Rob.
In addition to his role as a father and husband, Boyd has spent 30 years as a Presbyterian minister.
Twenty-three of those years were served at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne.
His years as a church leader has exposed him to working with a variety of people.
â€śI know how to work with people who have strong opinions and who might have a tendency to butt heads. It is because of my experience as a pastor that I know I can truly listen to people and try to understand where they are coming from,â€ť said Boyd.
When the economy took a downward turn, Boydâ€™s small church felt the pinch. In order to keep the church above water, Boyd took a voluntary pay cut and worked a second job to fill in his financial gap.
â€śCongress needs to focus on what is right, not who is right,â€ť Boyd said. â€śWe need to work together to attract good jobs and do what is necessary to achieve a higher standard of education.â€ť
Boyd said part of his campaign focus is on farms and manufacturing facilities.
â€śWhitley county is a manufacturing and farming community. We need to make plans for the future and look at how we can help our farmers sustain their business. The manufacturing industry needs to know that congress is supporting what they do and how they do it,â€ť said Boyd.
Although Whitley County is a rural county, Boyd wanted to assure local constituents that they would be heard.
â€śYou think you donâ€™t have a voice, but you do. You have representatives that need to and will speak for you. We want to see this county flourish in job growth and in education. Together, we can make that happen,â€ť Boyd said.
When the final votes are tallied, Boyd is hoping to take that Congressional seat in Washington. But just because his desk will be located on the coast, he doesnâ€™t want to lose touch with Indiana communities.
â€śWhen I come home, I will continue to do the things I normally do,â€ť said Boyd. â€śGoing to the local grocery store with my wife, doing chores around the house, taking time to still be active in the community that is my home...these are the things I believe will keep me connected.â€ť
The campaign for Boyd is run mainly on volunteers. Boyd attributes his following to his grass roots approach to campaigning.
â€śThe average person making a donation to the campaign gives about $25 to $50. That means our campaign has stayed in touch with the average person,â€ť Boyd said.
On Boydâ€™s campaign website, he sums up his belief in America with a quote by Harry S. Truman; â€śAmerica was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.â€ť
To learn more about Boydâ€™s campaign for Congress, visit www.boydforcongress3.com.