Boyd's pattern: Will Ken hop again?
Ken Boyd is straddling two boards, getting ready to take his distinctive shock of white hair off the Albemarle School Board and over to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
He's already noticed a difference between the two.
"There are a lot more people interested in me as a supervisor than as a school board member," he says. "You have a lot to do with development and growth as a supervisor.
School board members enjoy such fringe benefits as free passes to county school athletic events. Do the supes get better perks? "Oh, yeah," says Boyd without hesitation.
And while he hasn't been wined and dined by developers and anti-growth groups, he has been invited to lunch at Monticello.
After serving on the student council in high school, Boyd didn't get into politics again until he ran for school board four years ago. As a father of four, "I was very intrigued by the SOLs," Boyd says. "I thought that was terrific. I've been very big on accountability."
At the time, he had one son still at home and attending Monticello High. Now that the youngest is gone, Boyd acknowledges a case of empty nest syndrome: "It's great."
"Philosophically, I was in the minority on the school board," says the fiscally conservative owner of Boyd Financial Services. "I wasn't very enthused with the way they handled finances."
One thing unlikely to change in switching boards is the amount of reading and study required to stay well versed, which he estimates to be an additional 20 hours a week in addition to the meetings.
Boyd, one of two Republicans elected to the BOS this year, is concerned about the board's appearance– "deserved or not"– of being anti-business. He mentions, for example, the board's refusal to join the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, to which both Charlottesville and UVA belong.
Having moved to the area in 1981 with the now-merged Jefferson National Bank, Boyd remembers when Free Bridge was a two-lane road. And while people always complain about the traffic here, apparently it's nothing new.
"A lot of people don't remember just how bad traffic was," he says.
The Hook predicts more traffic issues in Boyd's future.
What brought you here? Jefferson National Bank
What's worst about living here? Nothing
Favorite hangout? My office. I work long hours.
Most overrated virtue? Isn't that an oxymoron?
What would people be surprised to know about you? I am pretty open, I can't think of anything.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would turn back the clock to age 35 but retain what I have learned since.
What accomplishment are you proudest of? First is raising four children, then starting a successful business, and my community service.
What do people find most annoying about you? Persistency/tenacity
Whom do you admire? Ronald Reagan
Favorite book? Anything by Tom Clancy
What subject causes you to rant? I don't rant. I do get upset when I see politicians who want to complain rather than propose solutions.
What thrills you about life in the 21st century? Technology
What creeps you out about life in the 21st century? Lost values
What do you drive? Chevy Blazer
What's in your car CD player right now? Nothing. I listen to talk radio and news.
What's your next journey? To Washington
What's the most trouble you've ever gotten in? I'll never tell.
What do you regret? Very little
Favorite comfort food? A medium rare steak
What's always in your refrigerator? Jelly
Must-see TV? There is no must-see TV, only must-read books
Favorite cartoon? Snoopy
Describe a perfect day. Having all my children and grandchildren over for a holiday meal, and then having them all go home
Walter Mitty fantasy? Playing basketball in the ACC
Who'd play you in the movie? Steve Martin
Most embarrassing moment? There have been many.
Best advice you ever got? From my father, telling me to start my own company
Favorite bumper sticker? I am not big on bumper stickers, so I would have to say "Ken Boyd for Supervisor."
PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO