Leonard to run for county state court seat

Published 6:03 pm Thursday, April 30, 2020

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West Point Municipal Court Judge Wesley Leonard has announced his candidacy for judge of Troup County State Court.

Leonard has practiced law in Troup County since his graduation from Mercer University’s School of Law in 1987. He has served as special assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia since 2001. He was appointed judge for the City of West Point Municipal Court in 2009.

“I believe I have the combination of common sense, scholarship, experience and a heart for people that it takes to be State Court judge,” Leonard said. “Having a heart for people and having patience goes a long way in doing this job. A lot of being a good judge is having people at the end of the day feel like they were heard, rather than herded through.”

LaGrange resident and attorney Sam Thrower speaks highly of Leonard ability as a lawyer. 

“Wes is an excellent trial lawyer and extremely well versed in the civil side of the law as well,” Thrower said. “He’s a trustworthy man, he loves his family, he loves his community, and he knows the law. I don’t know of any better endorsement.”

Leonard said he has operated a small business with his family in Troup County since 1975.  

“My wife, Leslie, and I have enjoyed living, working and raising a child in Troup County,” Leonard said. “I want to make certain that all children and all families have the opportunity to thrive and flourish in a safe community.”

A member of the United Methodist Church, Leonard serves on the Committee on Ministry for the LaGrange District.

He and Leslie, nurse manager of the Troup County Health Department, have one son, Ryan, who graduated from Troup High School and earned bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia.