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Third GOP candidate enters 12th District congressional race

Posted: October 25, 2011 - 2:13pm  |  Updated: October 25, 2011 - 2:17pm
Wright McCleod today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 12th District congressional seat.  Special
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Wright McCleod today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 12th District congressional seat.

Augusta lawyer Wright McLeod announced today his plan to seek the 12th U.S. Congressional district seat, bringing the Augusta-area field of official contenders for the redrawn district to three.

A retired Navy commander who flew F-14 Tomcat missions for Operation Desert Storm, McLeod today is a real estate lawyer based in Columbia County involved with management of homeowner associations.

“I refuse to accept the premise that my generation is going to turn over to our children a country that is worse off than what was given to us,” McLeod said.

Acknowledging the last election he won was to Westside High School student council president, McLeod likened his campaign to that of late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, a dentist in whose backyard pool McLeod said he learned to swim.

Norwood’s widow Gloria will serve as McLeod’s honorary campaign chair, he said.

Mrs. Norwood “was the first person that I went to after I decided to run,” McLeod said. “Her advice, her input, her intuition are invaluable to somebody in my position.”

McLeod, 47, joins a field of three Augusta-area Republicans who have announced plans to seek the July Republican nomination to run against Congressman John Barrow, a Democrat now serving his fourth term.

Also seeking the post since the 12th district’s boundaries were redrawn to exclude Barrow’s Savannah address and include more of Richmond, Columbia and McDuffie counties are Augusta contractor Rick Allen and Appling State Rep. Lee Anderson. Both Allen and Anderson are Columbia County natives.

A graduate of the Naval Academy with a master’s degree from Georgetown University and juris doctorate from University of Georgia School of Law, McLeod and his wife of 23 years, Sheri, have three daughters.

McLeod said he expected the Republican primary field for the 12th District seat to grow before the July primary, but that he was the candidate who could beat Barrow.

McCleod made his official announcement today at Heroes’ Overlook on Augusta Riverwalk’s upper level at 10th Street.

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