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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 10:15am

Surprise Candidate Joins Race For Governor

A commercial real estate executive has jumped into the race for Georgia governor and thrown $2 million of his own
money into a bid for the Republican nomination.

Ray Boyd told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he's entering the Republican primary.

The 67-year-old political newcomer from Rutledge says he's upset by the lack of ethics in Washington and at the state Capitol.

He says the candidates already in the race have been "tainted" by ethics troubles and long careers in politics.

Boyd describes himself as sympathetic to the tea party movement and supportive of term limits and states' rights.

Boyd's $2 million pledge was first detailed in a campaign disclosure filed with the Ethics Commission.

The funds pull him about equal in cash on hand to Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the current money leader among Republicans.

Other Republican candidates are Eric Johnson, Karen Handel, Austin Scott, Jeff Chapman and Nathan Deal.

Democratic candidates for Governor include Roy Barnes, David Poythress, Thurbert Baker, Dubose Porter, and Carl Camon.


Rickey Bevington