Wright McLeod says he won't run for U.S. Congress seat

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Count Wright McLeod officially out of the 2014 race for U.S. Congress.

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Wright McLeod announced that he will not seek the 12th Congressional District seat.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Wright McLeod announced that he will not seek the 12th Congressional District seat.

McLeod, who placed third last year in the 12th District Republican primary won by unsuccessful nominee Lee Anderson, informed The Chronicle that he and his family decided Sunday he will not seek the seat again in 2014.

“What is best for the district and for Augusta is for me to pull out, and to pull out early,” McLeod said.
Congressman John Barrow, D-Augusta, who defeated Anderson last year to win a fifth term in Washington, recently declared his intent to seek a sixth term.

The announcement by McLeod, a retired Navy flight officer, leaves two known Republican contenders for the nomination, Augusta businessman Rick Allen and longtime Republican aide John Stone.

Allen, who lost to Anderson in last year’s Republican primary runoff, filed a statement of his candidacy for the 12th District seat with the Federal Elections Commission in February. The Committee to Elect John Stone filed a quarterly campaign report in April.

The 12th District is a priority for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which unveiled a “paid mobile billboard campaign” targeting Barrow on Tuesday.

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Riverman1 05/28/13 - 02:06 pm
All in for Rick Allen

Wright McLeod is a capable and proven successful leader. If the candidates had to take a test to determine the most qualified, he would win easily. Having said that, John Barrow is a disaster for conservatives. Hanging out in the kitchen of those who think Republicans are Honey Boo Boo relatives doesn't make him more palatable. I’m all in for Rick Allen.

mll 05/28/13 - 10:47 pm
Wright McLeod is a good man

& made a good decision to pull out early if he wasn't going to go in at full throttle. In my opinion John Stone is the one that can beat Barrow. Stone has tremendous experience having spent years working as chief of staff for Charlie Norwood, our esteemed late 10th district congressman & then as chief of staff for Judge Carter, a respected congressman from Texas. Stone is a true conservative & a good & honest man. John Stone is also a family man, father, grandfather & a man of exceptional ethics. I would proud to be represented by him.

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