By Paul Gable
Local attorney Reese Boyd, III announced last week that he is a Republican candidate for SC Senate District 34 in the upcoming June primary.
“I believe the voters of District 34 deserve a conservative choice in this election,” said Boyd in his announcement speech. “I am that conservative choice and I ask for your support.”
A native of Conway, Boyd graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.
After earning his law degree, Boyd began his political education as an attorney on Gov. Carroll Campbell’s staff. Boyd was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Campbell for his work.
When Campbell left office in January 1995, he was named Chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington, D.C. Campbell took Boyd with him as legal counsel.
“I got a close up look at working with the federal government in that job,” said Boyd.
In 1999, Boyd accepted a position as vice president and counsel to a large asset management, insurance and financial services firm in Boston.
“It was a great opportunity and I enjoyed Boston except for the winters,” said Boyd.
In 2001, Boyd decided to return to his native Horry County with a view toward seeking political office in the future.
“I had been interested in running for political office and I felt my opportunities were better at home than they were in Massachusetts,” he said. “I was also too thin-skinned for the cold weather in Boston.”
After returning to Horry County, Boyd entered private practice. He is currently a partner in Davis Boyd, LLC. The main focus if his practice is general civil litigation while also handling business formations and corporate legal matters, estate planning, as well as aviation law and consulting.
Boyd currently lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, with his wife Lee and their two children. He is active in community and volunteer activities, and is an Elder of Surfside Presbyterian Church, PCA, where he serves as Clerk of the Church Session.
Boyd is a member of the Board of Directors of Palmetto Family Council in Columbia, South Carolina, and also a member of the School Board for the South Carolina Statewide Public Charter School District. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Horry County Republican Party.
Boyd listed the issues he would support, if elected:
- Oppose unequivocally any effort to raise taxes
- Support government restructuring
- Push for common sense ethics reform in the General Assembly
- Support freedom of choice in education
- Support term limits for all members of the General Assembly
- Open the state budget process to much needed sunlight
“If you elect me, I won’t be a business as usual politician in Columbia,” Boyd said. “I will be your conservative voice for reform in the state Senate.”