Boyd enters Darlington mayor’s race

Curtis Boyd announces he will run for mayor. Photo by Samantha Lyles

By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, slyles@newsandpress.net

Businessman Curtis Boyd, 54, has become the third candidate for Darlington mayor.

Boyd held a cookout / press conference April 4 and announced his intent to enter the race, where his opponents will include Mayor Gloria C. Hines and Darlington City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Bruce.

Boyd first made clear that he has relocated his residence to within city limits to qualify as a candidate.

He spoke about building his Fitness World gym business — a process that taught him the importance of delegating duties and building strong working relationships.

“I used to tell everybody to just move out of the way, that I could handle it … but I’ve learned over the years that I can’t do it all. With all the different locations and all the members that we have, I have to have a team,” Boyd said.

He encouraged everyone to support local businesses and restaurants so that Darlington can continue to grow, and he cautioned against publicly deriding the city with negative comments.

“We need an attitude that we’re going to support our city, we’re going to be proud of our city, we’re going to stand up for our city, and we’re going to truly love our city,” Boyd said.

Boyd also referenced his recent purchase (with an investment group) and planned demolition of the dilapidated, asbestos-riddled Tyner Warehouse as a step toward progress, utilizing teamwork and determination.

He promised that even when issues and hindrances arise, he will work hard to build partnerships and move the city forward.

“Everyone says we need change, but we’re at a point where we need more than change for our city,” said Boyd. “We need a leader that’s going to bring everyone together to make a difference in our city.”

Filing for mayor and City Council will officially open Aug. 1 and end Aug. 15. The election will take place Nov. 5.

Author: Rachel Howell

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