Will Boyd (D)

U.S. Senate

Will Boyd

Name: Will Boyd

Age: 45

Residence: Florence

Political races run: Greenville, Illinois, City Council, 2009; U.S. Senate, Illinois, 2010; 5th Congressional District, Alabama, 2016.

Political offices held: Greenville, Illinois, City Council, 2009-2011; chairman, Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee, 2017; committee coordinator, Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee, 2016-17.

Professional experience: Engineering student assistant, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., 1991-94; manager-in-training, A.O. Smith Water Products Co., 1995-99; production manager, Fedders Corp., 1999-2002; quality manager and manufacturing engineer, International Filter Manufacturing Corp., 2002-04; dean of student success and adjunct assistant professor of management, Greenville College, 2004-10; chancellor, St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, 2013-16; pastor, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Florence, 2013-present; chief servant and presiding bishop, Zion Ministries, 2001-present.

Education: Bachelor of science in engineering, University of South Carolina, 1994; doctor of philosophy in religion, Christian Bible College, 2003; master of business administration, Regis University, 2003; doctor of philosophy in organization and management, Capella University, 2007; doctor of science in Christian counseling, St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, 2012; doctor of philosophy in Christian clinical psychology, Dayspring University, 2013; doctor of Christian clinical psychology, St. James the Elder Theological seminary, 2015.

Civic experience: Omega Psi Fraternity, member; Morning Star Lodge No. 50, member; Health Care Authority of Lauderdale County and city of Florence, board of directors.

Main issues: Proposes American Job Creation and Preservation Act to support modernization of nation’s infrastructure, simplify and reduce regulations on small businesses, and raise minimum wage to $15 by 2018; American Student Access and Empowerment Act to ensure states spend more on public education than private schools, and to reduce recidivism by providing higher education to inmates in transitional programs; America Cares Act to make healthcare affordable, improve quality of healthcare coverage and extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund.

Campaign web site:

Total receipts: $14,243

Contributions of $500 and up:

$4,095: Will Boyd Jr., Florence.

$700: Patricia E. Boyd, Florence, SC.

$500: Curtis Turner, Athens.