Not so. Turns out that Boyd has other stuff on his political plate now. As he wrote via e-mail this week:
Hope you are doing well. I wanted to mention to you that I was elected to succeed Steve [Benjamin] as Richland County Democratic Party Chair at the County Convention in March.
If I can ever help you with anything, please let me know. I will miss candidate interviews this year, but perhaps when it slows down I could meet with you guys to discuss County Party activities.
I wrote back to make sure I was understanding him right, and he said back:
That’s correct, I have not filed to run for the SC House or any other office this year.
I will be working to get other folks elected who have the same vision that I share to move my home state forward in a progressive manner.
Their is certainly a lot of work to be done.
I hope we will have the opportunity to get together soon.
Jim Harrison, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was to have general election opposition this year — Democrat Tige Watts, who I’m told (see below) has dropped out. If that’s right, then Mr. Harrison will have a free ride now. Of course, thanks to partisan gerrymandering, there’s nothing unusual about incumbents having no opposition in the fall. But at least there are a few primary choices — in districts other than this one.