Houston - In balloting Oct. 18 at the House of Delegates, Linda J. Edgar, D.D.S., was voted president-elect of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Edgar, a general dentist from Federal Way, Washington, is the immediate past trustee of the ADA's 11th District. Dr. Edgar previously served as a delegate to the ADA House and as a member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
"I just want to thank all of you for being here and serving," said Dr. Edgar, who received a standing ovation from the House. "Dr. Sabates brought a new day of loving and caring and I hope we can continue that with this House."
In her speech, Dr. Edgar also thanked her opponent and fellow ADA trustee, Paul Leary, D.M.D., who came to the stage to hug his friend and congratulate her.
"Thank you, thank you to the House for giving us the time to create an environment to take this organization to the next step," Dr. Leary said. "I can only tell you that this dear friend of mine that you have selected is going to take us to the next place with great, great authority and I am very confident in her abilities to take us there."
"I think we set a bar for how we run our campaigns," Dr. Edgar added. "We really love each other."
In addition to being an ADA trustee, Dr. Edgar is also a past president and past secretary of the Academy of General Dentistry; past president of the Seattle King County Dental Society; and fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Academy of Dentistry International. She was chair of the University of Washington School of Dentistry's $22 million fundraising campaign for more than 10 years and has competed in 45 marathons and two Ironman Triathlon competitions.