Lee candidate touts priorities

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Anesthetist Lester Leggette said he's not proposing radical change as he makes his first quest for public office.

"I think you'll see that there's not a whole lot of difference between Mr. Duffy's and my goals," said Leggette, who is challenging Lee Commission Chairman Ed Duffy for Lee County's District 3 (Palmyra) seat in the July 20 Republican Primary. "The biggest difference is in priorities."

Leggette, an anesthetist with South Georgia Anesthesia Inc. of Albany since 1993, said his campaign will focus on three key elements: Conservative spending of taxpayer money, treating all people of Lee County with respect, and making the safety and well-being of county citizens a priority.

"I think I'll bring the kind of change to the Commission the people of Lee County want," Leggette said.

Although he is a political novice, Leggette has served in supervisory positions during his career. He is a past member of the Lee County Utilities Authority and is a past president of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants.

An Albany native, the District 3 candidate has lived in Lee County since 1998. He is the father of three teenage daughters.

Leggette graduated from Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Mercer University. He received a master's of medical science-anesthesiology/patient monitoring systems from Atlanta's Emory University. Leggette also received certification from the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants, from the state of Georgia and from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Electromedics.

He served on the board of the Dougherty County Saddle Club and is a clinical evaluator for paramedic, respiratory tech and anesthesiologist assistant students.