Peebles leads in sheriff's campaign contributions

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles has continued to pull in the most cash among all the candidates for Richmond County sheriff.

Peebles, a Democrat, has hauled in more than $159,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, more than twice his nearest competitor, according to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance reports for the period that ended June 30.

Of the five other candidates, Democrats came in second and third in the fundraising race. Sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Silas had pulled in more than $60,000, and schools Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree collected a total of $30,934 in cash and in-kind contributions. Republican Freddie Sanders reported a total of $21,650, sheriff’s Lt. John Ivey, a Democrat, $20,946 and Republican Mike Godowns $2,850 in total contributions.

Peebles’ fundraising success has enabled his campaign to far outspend his opponents. In fact, he has spent more than any other candidate has raised. His total expenditures were $89,487, more than the total expenditures of all the other candidates combined, according to their reports.

Peebles also has the most money in the bank, with more than $57,000 on hand. Once again, Silas was second with more than $30,000, followed by Sanders with $8,622, Ivey with $6,873, Roundtree with $3,309 and Godowns with $5.26.

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