Kenneth C. Boyd

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Ken Boyd
Term Start 2004
Term End 2011

Biographical Information

Date of birth Oct. 10, 1947
Age 71
Place of birth Washington, D.C.
Spouse Brenda Boyd
Children Casey, Patrick,
Kelley and Cory
Residence Rivanna
Profession Financial planner
Website Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd

Kenneth C. Boyd is a member of the Albemarle County, Virginia Board of Supervisors. He began serving Albermarle county in 1999 after successfully running for Albermarle County School Board[1]. Mr. Boyd then went on to run for the Rivanna Albermarle County Board of Supervisors seat and has held it since 2003[2]. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party nomination in Virginia's fifth congressional district to challenge incumbent Congressman Tom Perriello in the 2010 congressional elections. Despite signaling earlier that he did not anticipate running for a third term on the Board,Boyd announced he would campaign for reelection on May 12, 2011[3] with voting scheduled for Novermber 8th, 2011[4].

Early life

Boyd was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Soon afterwards, he moved to Burlington, North Carolina with his family. In 1968, he was a volunteer for Democrat Robert W. Scott's gubernatorial campaign. He he did not serve in the Vietnam War because injuries from an automobile accident prevented him.[5]

He moved to Albemarle County in 1982 to take a job working for Jefferson National Bank. He left the bank to start a financial planning business in 1991. He completed his undergraduate degree many years later from Averett University, followed soon by an MBA. Boyd's political career began in 1993 when he volunteered for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican George Allen. In 1999, he successfully ran for the Rivanna district seat on the Albemarle County School Board.[5]

Non-profit Service

Boyd coached nearly every little league sport as his children were growing up including serving for several years as the commissioner of the Albemarle YMCA high school basketball program. He volunteered for several years as the PTO president at both the middle and high school levels. He was an organizing member of the Albemarle County Parents Council and served as its Vice Chair. In 1995 inspired by Governor Allen's initiative for Standards of Learning Ken co-founded the Virginians for Excellent in Education with Pat Earle to promote the importance of standards and accountability in public education. He also currently serves as a member of the Computers4Kids program in Charlottesville, VA. [6]

Election History

2011 election for Board of Supervisors

Ken Boyd launched his bid for re-election at a press conference on May 12, 2011.[7] Boyd is opposed by former IBM Human Resources vice-president Cynthia Neff in his third run for reelection to the Board.[8]

2007 election

In his second election for Board of Supervisors, Boyd narrowly defeated Democrat Marcia Joseph by 146 votes.[9]

2003 election

Boyd was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2003 defeating Democrat Peter Hallock.

1999 election

In 1999 Boyd successfully ran for the Rivanna district seat on the Albemarle County School Board. Four years later, he opted to run for Board of Supervisors.

Boyd originally sought the chairmanship of the Board in 2009, but withdrew his name from consideration in the face of opposition.[10] Democrat Ann Mallek went on to win her second year as chair of the Board. Despite failing to become chair, Boyd has been described as the Board's "de-facto majority leader" in the press.[5]

Western Bypass rebirth

Boyd voted to support the US-29 Bypass during the June 8th, 2011 surprise vote to change Albemarle County's position on the Western Bypass.[11] Since that time, Boyd has held multiple Town Hall meetings to allow citizen input on the Bypass project [News 1]. Boyd has also written and explained his position on the issue[12].

Western Bypass Northern Terminus Committee

On August 31, 2011 Mr. Boyd revealed the creation of a 12 person committee made up of local citizens which would work closely with VDOT to design the Northern terminus of the US-29 Bypass.[13] Mr. Boyd stated that, “The idea will be to sit down with VDOT engineers to look at different designs for the northern terminus,” He added that the committee has no legal authority and is not affiliated with the rest of the Board of Supervisors.

Committee member Ann Thornber, a Forest Lakes South resident and member of the homeowners’ association, said she opposes the bypass, but wanted to have input if the road is going in anyway.

“I was opposed to the bypass from the time I moved here,” Thornber, who moved to the area in 1989, said. “I wanted to be on the committee to concentrate on helping the design be the best bypass it can be.”[14]

The other committee members include:

  • Forest Lakes Community Association President David Shifflett
  • Hollymead Citizens Association President Charlie Smith
  • Supervisor Boyd
  • Local engineer Scott Collins
  • Former Rivanna Supervisor Charles Martin
  • Resident Ann Thornber
  • St. Anne’s Belfield Head of School David Lourie
  • North Forest Lakes resident Jim Grace
  • Forest Lakes Union First Bank manager George Fitz-Hugh
  • Russell Moody, a resident who owns land near the proposed interchange in Rodney Thomas’s Rio District.

Hollymead controversy

Boyd was severely criticized by constituents after he announced his support for rezoning 140 acres south of Hollymead Town Center as a growth area.[15] Boyd originally supported opening up the area for further development but agreed to "do what the people want" and opposed the construction after significant constituent oppositions.[15] Three weeks later, Boyd changed his mind leading to his being dubbed a "flip-flopper," a term he said was "appropriate."[15] After his switch back, Boyd held a town hall where he faced the ire of over a hundred constituents, who demanded he withdraw his support for the development until infrastructure could be built to handle it.[15]

Congressional run

Boyd announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives on September 14, 2009, joining many other Republicans interested in challenging Tom Perriello.[16] Boyd struggled with garnering support from within the Tea Party, receiving poor ratings from local Tea Party organizations amid a crowded field.[17] He attracted attention for his assertion that the Department of Education should be a state run organization, adding that the Federal Government should stay out of education.[18] During his campaign, he received support from local colleagues from Albemarle County.[19] Ultimately, although winning Albemarle, he came in fourth place overall, as he was defeated by then State Senator Robert Hurt.[20]


External links

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