Second candidate files for council

   A second candidate has decided to run for county council.
   Matt Boyd submitted his formal declaration Friday to be a candidate in the upcoming caucus to fill the Whitley County Council At-Large seat being vacated by Councilman Jim Banks on Nov. 2.
   “I have been interested in government since my freshman year in college and believe the Council At-Large seat is the perfect opportunity for me to serve my county,” Boyd said.  
   “My experience in dealing with complex tax and regulatory laws for Indiana businesses has prepared me well for this position.  At this point in our nation’s history we need local leaders who are fiscally and socially responsible and who can render unbiased decisions on spending the tax dollars of Whitley County’s citizens. I am motivated to support ideas and policies that will allow small businesses to thrive and provide jobs for our residents.”
   Boyd is the Corporate Counsel at Boyd Machine & Repair Co., Inc. and Light Beam Technology, Inc., a 36-year-old family business headquartered near Wolf Lake.  
   Before joining the family business, Boyd worked at CPA firms in Fort Wayne and in Virginia. In 2001 Boyd joined his father and older brother in the family’s industrial services business that operates two plants in Indiana and one in West Virginia. Boyd’s responsibilities go beyond law and into accounting and day-to-day operations of the business.  His primary focus is on the legal and tax issues that small businesses deal with on a daily basis.
   Boyd is a member of the Columbia City Rotary Club, a Whitley County Republican Party Precinct   Committeeman and a former member of the board of directors of Faith Christian Academy of Whitley County.
   Boyd and his wife Dawn live near Columbia City with their four children. They are members of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Columbia City.
   The Whitley County Republican Party will conduct a caucus at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Whitley County Government Center to select Banks’ replacement.