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Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:34 AM
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A candidate for the Richmond County Board of Education was arrested late Friday and remained in jail Sunday, accused of beating a woman with a belt in a domestic incident, police say.

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James Swanagan Jr., 53, of Heph­zibah, was charged with misdemeanor simple battery, according to Richmond County jail records. Swanagan, who is running for the Super Dis­trict 9 seat, will be held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center until his hearing Monday.

According to an incident report, a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was conducting an area check in the 3700 block of Fairington Drive about 8 p.m. Friday when he noticed Swanagan holding a 29-year-old woman by her hair and beating her with a belt. Swanagan let go of her when the deputy stopped, the report said.

The woman told police that she had stopped by the house to pick up a 13-year-old boy. She said Swanagan shoved her to the ground when she wouldn’t exchange pleasantries and began beating her, according to the report.

Swanagan told police that the woman insulted his fiancée and that he began to reprimand her for using vulgar language toward him. He admitted to hitting her first, according to the report.

The boy told police that he asked Swan­agan to stop, but that Swan­agan told him to shut up, the report said.

Deputies noted welts on the woman’s upper left leg.

Monique Braswell, a candidate for the District 2 school board seat, said she had received several calls Saturday about the arrest. She said she has met Swanagan at several meet-and-greets and will continue to endorse him for the Super District 9 seat, where he faces incumbent Venus Cain.

“Until all the facts of the arrest come out, I’m going to support this guy,” she said.

Calls to Swanagan’s home Saturday and Sunday were unanswered.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 05/11/14 - 05:25 am
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Deputy witness
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The fact that a deputy witness this fool beating a woman with a belt is enough evidence to warrant anyone from supporting him. Whatever the circumstances he should not be beating the woman at all. Of course, with Richmond county voters it doesn't seem to matter, look at the commissioner that running for mayor. There is no excuse to beat a woman and the women in this county must show their disapproval for this nut and his supporters.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/11/14 - 06:29 am
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Yeah, well...

...whatever the provocation you don't hit a lady first.
I suggest he withdraw and run for the ARC Commission, where they are aggressive and in your face like this, instead.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/11/14 - 07:41 am
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I'd love to go at it with this jerk-one bullet between the eyes

This just makes me MAD! Go hide in a cave! And the woman endorsing him is nuts too

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/11/14 - 08:17 am
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Vote For Swanagan ☺

The candidate most likely to bring back discipline& corporal punishment to our schools.☺

BTW: I have no favorites in this election, other than any Commissioner standing AGAINST THE SPLOST as it currently is written.

Old Vetern
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Old Vetern 05/11/14 - 08:38 am
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dropped

Charges will be dropped like Mason's were so they can continue to serve Richmond County in public office. Getting to be like Chicago and Detroit.

Old Vetern
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Old Vetern 05/11/14 - 08:40 am
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dropped

Charges will be dropped like Mason's were so they can continue to serve Richmond County in public office. Getting to be like Chicago and Detroit.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/11/14 - 09:03 am
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Yes!!!
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He has my vote! This is how you treat disrespectful brats! You thrash the living daylights out of them.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/11/14 - 09:33 am
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whoa nellie

I can see him now at the meetings....step outta line & get a beating!

What a comedy show.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/11/14 - 09:51 am
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"support this guy"

I mean really?? Braswell is crazier than Swanagan. How could you vote for either? I guess in some circles this is acceptable behavior.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/11/14 - 10:17 am
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50 Shades of Swanagan.

50 Shades of Swanagan.

Pops
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Pops 05/11/14 - 10:57 am
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How about a cage match....

Alvin Mason versus this guy......sell out the James Brown Arena....Marion Williams as special referee......his son-in-law could handle the concessions.......

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/11/14 - 12:55 pm
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This charge must be a requirement for holding or running for a

commission seat! Dare I say Alvin Mason.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/11/14 - 01:52 pm
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He and Mason should campaign

He and Mason should campaign together as a tag team.

burninater
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burninater 05/11/14 - 02:53 pm
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Enough with the thugs and

Enough with the thugs and bullies. People like this cannot be trusted in positions of public authority.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 05/11/14 - 04:50 pm
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Elect Him

We need a guy who can bring caning back into politics!.

showboat
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showboat 05/11/14 - 05:38 pm
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BRASWELL MUST BE OUT OF HER
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BRASWELL MUST BE OUT OF HER MIND, SHE WANT WIN AND HE WANT EITHER!!!

mrsbras
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mrsbras 05/11/14 - 05:40 pm
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Braswell must be crazy

First of all I am not gonna rush to judgement on this man life.I have had the pleasure of meeting him and having a great conversation with him about his run for the school board.Is he the first person arrest for simple battery on the school board? Some of you don't have a nickel in this dime and have so much to say. We'll i do I have kids in this system!. I don't know the details but from what I read this was between him and his daughter and I bet they both feel bad right now.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/11/14 - 08:26 pm
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A 53 year old man attacks a

A 53 year old man attacks a 29 year old woman? And beats her with a belt?

That is one violent, vicious man.

And his fiancée had better RUN while she can, she is going to get it, too.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/11/14 - 08:28 pm
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"She made me do it, she

"She made me do it, she didn't exchange pleasantries with me and used vulgar language to my fiancée. It's all HER fault."

That's how abusers think.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 05/12/14 - 02:45 am
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Threatening to put a bullet

Threatening to put a bullet between the guy's eyes is just as sick as "former" candidate's behavior.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/12/14 - 06:01 am
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Part of the war on women?

Part of the war on women?

tom31510
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tom31510 05/12/14 - 08:37 am
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Candidates

With so much discretion in the hands of the responding officers could it be that Rhotundatree will have considerable influence on all local elections?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/12/14 - 09:10 am
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Dear God!

The deputy happened to spot this altercation while conducting a routine check! Oh, my goodness; what would have happened to her had he not stopped by? The fiancée...what kind of woman stands idly by while another is being maliciously beaten? To top it all off, how about the school board member who sees nothing wrong with this type of behavior? Dear God, help us all if these people continue in community leadership roles!!!

b1
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b1 05/12/14 - 09:18 am
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Crazy

"Until the facts come out" Until the facts come out"??? what the heck else do you need lady! the cops witnessed this nut in action! You never do that to a woman. I don't care what was said or not said. Knowing some voters, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets elected.

BombquishaDavis
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BombquishaDavis 05/12/14 - 02:08 pm
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I've worked with this man

I've worked with this man before, this is strange behavior. I don't condone hitting people, but I am curious as to what could have driven him to the point of hitting.....

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/13/14 - 08:16 am
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What drove him? His own need

What drove him? His own need for control. It's about him, not her.

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