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Neal E. Boyd announces run for Mo. House seat

Monday, March 12, 2012

Neal E. Boyd
A Sikeston, Mo., man best known for his opera singing has announced for the second time this election cycle that he's seeking a seat in the Missouri House.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced at Saturday night's Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day event that Neal E. Boyd has decided to seek election as a Republican to the newly drawn 149th District. Boyd is the first Republican so far to announce his intent to seek the seat. Democratic state Rep. Steve Hodges is the only other person to announce a run for the seat.

Hodges' current district is split into parts of three districts under the new House district map drawn up after the 2010 census. Part of the district falls in the new 149th.

Boyd has long been active in local politics and is familiar with many prominent local Republicans. Kinder called Boyd a "friend" when introducing him.

Boyd is probably best know for winning the NBC show "America's Got Talent" and its $1 million prize in 2008. Since then he's become a familiar face to many around Southeast Missouri. He announced a run for the state House previously last fall, but decided against the run after about two months.

Boyd and Hodges were not available for comment when called late Sunday.

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In or out? You're letting the flies in, keeping the door open like that. ;)

-- Posted by Iceburg on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 2:00 AM

Iceburg, Where is your "LIKE" button? LOL!

-- Posted by livesound1 on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 7:39 AM

Who cares... None singer & none factor! Has been still lookingto be liked! Hope he doesn't Vegas much as he did on America's Got Talent!

-- Posted by Mac N' Cheese on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 8:43 AM

indian22, how ugly that comment is! I, for one, care and I know there are plenty of others who do. Why is it we whine around because nothing ever happens around here and no one worth anything ever comes from around here and then when it happens for somebody we have people like you who have to strick a pin in the balloon? Neal Boyd is a great singer--he wouldn't have won on the show if he wasn't. He's also very gracious and "down home", taking the time to meet and greet fans in Jackson Walmart one afternoon when he was approached while shopping. I would rather see him as a singer than a politician but hey--maybe he'll be the one to save us all, who knows? Have a lovely day.

-- Posted by the.miller.madhouse on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 9:21 AM

I commend the young man at least he is filing for office which is open to all of us. Get involved be part of your community and State.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 10:41 AM

Anyone else find the irony in his "run" for office? This guy hasn't "run" in years.

-- Posted by southeastredhawks on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 10:54 AM

this article leaves out why he dropped out the first time after announcing, and why he changed his mind... indecisiveness isn't an attractive factor in a political candidate... which, by the way, did debra tracy ever decide what she wants to do?

-- Posted by TommyStix on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 4:56 PM


Boyd is not volunteering; this is a well paid elected position.

-- Posted by ratiocination on Wed, Mar 14, 2012, at 7:01 AM

You can sure see the democrat socialist hypocrites' nose out of joint on the posts above..that's why your party can't stay in power without vote stealing, and voter fraud tactics, just so you can implement your abusive, restrictive, coercive, freedom killing laws... you can't stand when a half black and half white man challenges you, can you? You must intimidate, and smear to say "don't do as I do, do as I say. I'm the only one allowed to decide what you should do, when you should do it, how you should do it, and what you should look like while you're doing it"...all your laws and phony pretentious politically correctness...but let a half black man announce he is a republican and you all launch you knee jerk condescending, personal attacks.

-- Posted by Justapinion on Wed, Mar 14, 2012, at 3:10 PM

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