Gary Boyd won’t be running for re-election as commissioner of Gregg County Precinct 3.

That said, there’s still 17 months and change left in the term. The Kilgore resident is at work and will stay there; some folks just needed a heads-up as he stands down from the upcoming election cycle.

“I’m just announcing I’m not going to run,” Boyd said this week. “I’ve still got a year-and-a-half.”

A former Kilgore City Council member and past Kilgore ISD trustee, Boyd was appointed to the commissioner’s court in September 2010 by Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt following the resignation of Bob Barbee. Boyd sought and won re-election in 2012 and 2016.

“Oct. 1 will be nine years,” he said Thursday. “When I finish up on December 31 of 2020, I will have been a commissioner 10 years.”

Making up his mind about the 2020 election cycle, Boyd spent the better part of Wednesday reaching out to staffers, local leaders, media and would-be successors.

“People who have come to me and said they would like to run if I didn’t run, I’ve contacted those folks.”

He’ll leave the campaigning to whoever throws a hat in the ring for Election 2020. Boyd’s remaining time in office will be spent pursuing his ongoing commitments.

“I made a couple of promises when I ran. One of them was to leave the precinct in better shape than I found it,” Boyd said. “I’m not saying it was in bad shape – I wanted to leave it in better shape than I found it just like the person who comes after me will leave it in better shape than I do.

Likewise, “I wanted to respond quickly to inquiries that people call in and handle problems that I’m able to handle. I promised fair and equitable service to the people of Gregg County. I feel like I’ve done that.”

More’s ahead for 2019 and the whole of 2020.

“I still have a project or two that I’d love to get done before I leave office.”

Certainly, he also aims to enjoy the job to the end of his stint.

“I will miss my men,” Boyd said. “I have five cities in my precinct – it’s really pretty diverse. I’ll miss the interchange I have with all my communities.”

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