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September 15--  A two-term state representative from Columbia County is running for the 12th District congressional seat currently held by Congressman John Barrow of Savannah.  His campaign released the following announcement.

{mosimage}"Conservative State Representative Lee Anderson has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run for the 12th Congressional District covering east Georgia.

Anderson, a Columbia County native, long time conservative local elected official, lifelong farmer, and established businessman is popular with agriculture leaders, grassroots Republicans and Tea Party leaders across the district. A formal campaign kick off event will be announced soon for later in September. A temporary campaign website has been launched at

Said Anderson, “Because of the encouragement from community leaders, business leaders, friends, and family, I have decided to run for the 12th Congressional District. We need a leader in our nation’s capitol who won’t back down from doing what’s right. We need fewer DC politicians and more honest leadership and hometown values. I’m tired of the politicians in DC who say one thing and do another. It’s time for a leader who will do what they say they will do.”

“I was raised on a farm and my parents taught me the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity. I’m a family man, a farmer, and a businessman that understands the values and the priorities of the families in the 12th District, and I will never back down in standing up for what they believe in.”

“I’m going to support any and all efforts to cut spending, cap any new spending, and balance the budget. I will introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment and work every day I’m in Congress to pass it. I’m going to support repealing ObamaCare, and I’m going to fight every crazy, liberal proposal the Obama Democrats in Washington try to force down our throats with every fiber of my being. The time for compromise is over. They’re literally destroying our country and ripping apart the values our country stands for. I will not back down. I will not compromise. The time has come to save America from those who are trying to bankrupt the American Dream.”

“These Washington politicians just don’t get it. We’ve had enough! We can’t afford more of the same. We can’t afford their election year promises anymore. We just can’t afford any more ‘leaders’ sticking their finger in the wind. There are people throughout this district who have voted for me, done business with me, or know my family and me– they know they can trust me to do exactly what I promise.”

About Lee Anderson

Lee was born and raised on a farm in Columbia County. Being raised on a farm, Lee grew to understand the value of hard work and the values of faith, family and community. He attended Columbia County Public Schools and graduated from Harlem High School.

Lee attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Brewton Parker College. He moved back to Grovetown and went to work on the family farm, and through innovation and sharp business principles, Lee is still a full-time farmer and businessman today.

For years, Lee has been active in our community, dedicated to giving back to the community that has given him so much. He has served in the Columbia County Farm Bureau for over 27 years where he presided as President and is a current member of the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, served as Chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee, and numerous other organizations.

Lee also served on the Columbia Board of Education for 8 years where he also served as Chairman. Lee ran for the County Commission in 2005 to represent District 4. And in 2006, he won re-election convincingly. He served as Vice Chairman of the board in 2007. Since 2008, Lee has represented District 117 in the Georgia House of Representatives. In the State House, Lee was endorsed by Georgia Right to Life and signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Lee is married to his high school sweetheart, Columbia County native, formerly Donna Robertson. . Donna is a retired educator and served as the Principal of Columbia Middle School for most of her career. Donna and Lee are the proud parents of Ben and Katie. Lee attends Powell Baptist Church in Harlem where he serves as a Deacon."