Neal E. Boyd is again going to run for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives as a Republican. In his last effort he was easily defeated by Democratic incumbent Steve Hodges who garnered 66 percent of the vote in November's election for the 149th District. Hodges is term-limited, preventing him from running for re-election. No Democrats have publicly announced interest in the seat, and no other Republicans have indicated he will to run for the district, meaning no primary is set. If Boyd were to win a contested primary and the general election in 2014, Republicans would hold seats in every Southeast Missouri district if all the current state representatives were re-elected or replaced by someone from their party. The 149th is the only district in the region still held by a Democrat. The district's boundaries include a significant portion of Mississippi County, a small area of Scott County (including about half of Sikeston), all of New Madrid County and the northern part of Pemiscot County. Boyd co-owns an insurance company, but is best known for his opera singing, for which he has given performances locally and nationally and won "America's Got Talent."
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