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Leggett’s first TV campaign ad stresses journey from poverty and power of education

The first ad of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's 2014 reelection campaign features his wife. (YouTube: Ike Leggett)

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s wife Catherine does the talking in his first television ad, which goes up Tuesday, according to his campaign.

It opens with a nod to Leggett’s personal journey, from poverty in Louisiana to Army service in South Vietnam and a law degree from Howard University. The spot credits him with making ‘”the tough decisions...like increasing the minimum wage.”

Leggett supported the increase but the fight in Montgomery was led largely by Council member Marc Elrich (D-At-Large).

It ends with a pledge to keep Montgomery schools “the best in the nation” and the Leggetts walking together holding hands

“He knows the power of education firsthand,” Catherine Leggett says. “I know, because Ike’s my guy.”

Leggett faces former county executive Doug Duncan and County Council member Phil Andrews in the Democratic primary on June 24.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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