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Sheriff Rachals to host ‘family gathering’

LEESBURG, Ga. — Even incumbents have to hit the campaign trail in an election year.

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals, who has spent the last three-plus years of his 21 years in law enforcement as the county’s top lawman, will host a family gathering at 1341 U.S. Highway 82 West from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Rachals, members of his family, many of his close friends and others who are employed with the sheriff’s department will talk about the sheriff’s campaign platform as the July 31 general primaries approach.

“I can honestly say the last 3 1/2 years as sheriff have been the most rewarding of my career,” Rachals said. “I am committed to continuing serving as the working sheriff I desired to be four years ago (when elected). I am working to protect and serve the citizens of Lee County today but am ever-mindful of tomorrow.

“I continue my original belief: The citizens of Lee County deserve a sheriff who is personally accountable, available and dedicated to all of Lee County.”

Rachals said he will talk with adults about his accomplishments as sheriff since being elected in 2008 and his plans for a second term in office. Children, meanwhile, will have an opportunity to burn off energy in a bouncy house, have their faces painted and enjoy snow cones and popcorn.

“This will be a family gathering,” Rachals said. “Just look for the tents between the Atlas Fence Co. and the old American Outdoors building off 82. My family, friends and staff look forward to meeting and talking with the citizens in Lee County.”

Former LSO Deputy David Cheshire has challenged Rachals for the job he won from long-time Sheriff Harold Breeden four years ago.