Election board to hear challenge to sheriff's candidate

Friday, June 8, 2012 3:18 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:05 AM
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The Richmond County Board of Elections will hear a Hephzibah man’s challenge against a sheriff’s candidate Monday.

Willie E. Cooper Jr. is challenging the candidacy of Richmond County school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree, alleging that Roundtree is ineligible to run because he owes state and federal taxes dating back to 1997, according to a May 31 letter to the board of elections.

Cooper’s complaint alleges that Roundtree owes more than $17,000 in federal taxes for the years 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also says Roundtree owes almost $800 in state taxes for 2004 and 2005.

Cooper cites the same section of the state constitution that appeared in a complaint filed against Superior Court judge candidate Willie Saunders, filed last month by Augusta lawyer Jack Long.

The section states that no one who is a tax “defaulter” may run for or hold office. The law provides an exception for someone who is in a payment plan to satisfy a tax debt.

Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said the public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the municipal building on Greene Street.

Roundtree called the hearing “an unfortunate formality,” but not a serious threat to his candidacy.

“That is not accurate. We are in compliance,” he said of the complaint’s allegations. Although he didn’t address tax issues directly, Roundtree said he has submitted documents that show he has met the standards.

“We will go through it on Monday and move forward from there,” he said.

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No_Longer_Amazed 06/08/12 - 03:39 pm
Payback is ......

Lawyer Lyons said that if candidates are "not ligit they need to be called out" in the high school diploma debacle! Let's see if he can justify why someone who didn’t pay their taxes in full or file a payment plan to repay the full amount is eligible to run for public office!

boodroe 06/09/12 - 08:40 am
Roundtree has a lot of problems

First Roundtree leaves an apartment He rented with case files and other police material He sexualy harrassed females on the job and no He doesn't pay his taxes but He wants to be in charge of enforcing the laws? What happens when Roundtree decides to forget to enforce a law or loses evidence 3 strikes you are out pal

Khan'tB4Real 06/09/12 - 11:51 pm
Fuuny thing about rumors

And funny thing about real estate closings (whether commercial or residential) is you never know who has information regarding one or the documents involved. There are attorneys, paralegals, agents, buyers, sellers, title examiners, appraisers, employees in clerk of courts, etc. There are definitely people who are privy to a wealth of information. Perhaps even privy to the fact that in a particular closing where First Presbyterian Church of Augusta purchased a couple of buildings (and a certain apartment) where a Sgt for RCSO resided prior to leaving for VA to the FBI academy. And this person DEFINITELY knows that the owner of that apartment was not the person to notify or complain about any contents remaining in that apartment due to the fact that THEY drew up the 30 day Notice to Vacate and were in constant contact with landlord. I sure hope one candidate remembers the intent of another candidate.

fatboyhog 06/10/12 - 07:58 am
Okie doke

Is this the same kind of "okie doke" that his attorney, Charles Lyons, spoke of when he was calling out other candidates about their diplomas? How about "moral turpitude"? Is this what Lyons means?

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