Ex-officer files to run against Roundtree for sheriff




Brian McDuffie has qualified as a Republican to run against his former boss, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

McDuffie said Thursday that his campaign is based around “bringing more services and more enforcement to the sheriff’s office and making the sheriff’s office more accessible to the public.”

Though Richmond County leans De­mo­­cratic, McDuffie said that won’t hurt him on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“I think the people just want representation. I don’t think they’re much concerned about parties,” he said.

McDuffie said his campaign will steer clear of criticizing Roundtree.

The sheriff fired McDuffie in 2013 after Mc­Duffie struck teen Kyvan James in the head with a flashlight during an arrest. McDuffie said his law enforcement certifications remain intact although he’s working as a commercial flooring manager.

Roundtree qualified for re-election Monday with the Richmond County Democratic Party.

McDuffie qualified Tuesday, but county Republican Party officials didn’t provide the information to the Richmond Coun­ty Board of Elections until Thursday, Executive Director Lynn Bailey said. Party officials haven’t returned phone calls from The Chronicle,

Also qualifying Thursday was Augusta attorney Chris Nicholson, who is running for the Superior Court judgeship held by Judge Carl Brown. Nicholson is facing possible professional disciplinary action up to and including disbarment by the Georgia Supreme Court.

The nonpartisan judicial elections appear on the May 24 ballot.

Ernest Thomas, the chief investigator for the Richmond County solicitor general, qualified as a Democrat on Thursday to run for Richmond County clerk of court. Also running for the seat is Democrat Hattie Holmes-Sullivan, Roundtree’s administrative assistant. The post is open with the retirement of longtime clerk Elaine Johnson.

District 1 Augusta Commission member Bill Fennoy got another challenger Thursday as Michael Thurman qualified for the seat. Thurman, a rental property owner, joins Harrisburg activist
Denice Traina in seeking to unseat Fen­noy.

Retired Evans educator Joyce Nolin qualified Thursday as a Democrat to run for the 12th Congressional District seat held by Republican Rick Allen.

In the state Senate campaign, Bowman, Ga., Realtor Peter Gibbons joined the now six-way Republican race for District 24 to replace the retiring Bill Jackson.

Qualifying continues through noon Friday.

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Qualifying begins for Georgia's May 24 primary

Longtime Aiken County Probate Court Judge Sue Roe will not seek re-election. Roe has been a probate court judge for 32 years, according to her announcement letter. The general election is Nov. 8.



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