Since Halloween 2012, Boyd Corbin has not kept quiet. On that evening two years ago, the Wilton Manors resident donned an ironic KKK costume, grabbed a tiki torch, and went to the epic Georgie's Alibi holiday party. By the time the night was over, Corbin had gotten into a brawl with a drag queen, a scuffle that would eventually land him in criminal court facing felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (tiki torch).
Ever since, he's been a constant presence in town, making endless speeches about the injustice of his case at City Commission meetings and handing out packets of information. But his one-issue assault on the town's political establishment has grown: Corbin is now running for mayor.
"I've knocked on like 90 percent of the doors in Wilton Manors," Corbin tells New Times. "I've been doing about two hours a day for the last month, three hours on weekends. I get a real good feel for what's going on in the city. People aren't really happy with what's happening."
Boyd's own case breaks down to what he says is an inaccurate perception among law enforcement that he was an aggressor in the fight with the drag queen. Actually, Boyd says he was just defending himself, and in November, he's scheduled to go to trial on the assault charge.
In the meantime, Corbin has thrown his hat in the race to unseat current Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick. Realtor Doug Blevins is the other challenger.
Corbin admits that his run for office stems from his criminal case. But the 46-year-old longshot -- who has less in his campaign piggy bank than anyone else in the race -- has gone all-in on his campaign. Corbin's website lays out his detailed thoughts on a variety of issues, from parking to crime to taxes. He says his shoe-leather politicking has put him in touch with the real issues facing the town.
"If voters cast their ballots depending on the solutions offered to the city's issues such as crime [home invasions, auto burglaries, sex in Colohatchee Park], parking and wasting taxpayers' money, then I will win hands down," he says. "The incumbent thinks everything is hunky-dory."
Corbin is equally sanguine about his upcoming court date: "I'm very confident, but we'll see what happens."
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