Sheriff's candidates to meet at Saturday morning forum

The two remaining Dem­ocrats in the Richmond County sheriff’s race will meet in an open forum today, one of the last times that voters may be able to see both candidates before the Aug. 21 runoff.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles and school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree said they are using every minute of the next 10 days to reach out to voters.

They will attend a breakfast and forum at 9 a.m. Saturday at Moses Missionary Baptist Church, at 112 Walker St., in Augusta’s Olde Town neighborhood. The forum will be led by Pastor Corey Brown.

The forum is one of the final events the candidates will attend before advance voting begins Monday. Both candidates said they intend to stay busy until election day.

“We are canvassing and going door to door,” Round­tree said. “We’re just trying to get the message out to the voters. We are working every day.”

Peebles said his days have been filled meeting with neighborhood groups and organizing volunteers to help get the vote out. He said the constant campaigning has him a little under the weather from a summer cold.

“But there’s no rest until the runoff,” he said.

Board of Elections Direct­or Lynn Bailey said three polling locations will be open for advance voting from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday: the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Room 104; the Warren Road Recreation Center, 300 Warren Road; and the Henry Brigham Recreation Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Registered voters who did not vote or who chose nonpartisan ballots in the July 31 primary can vote in either the Democratic runoff for sheriff or in the Republican runoff for U.S. 12th Congressional District representative between Lee Anderson and Rick Allen.

Those who chose Demo­cratic of Republican ballots in the primary will be restricted to voting in that party’s runoff.

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