Sheriff's race likely to draw voters to Democratic primary

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Area election observers are expecting a healthy if somewhat more Democratic-leaning turnout during Tuesday’s general election, general primary and referendum on the Transportation Investment Act.

Willie Anderson (left) and Damaris Reddix, with Augusta Parks and Recreation, load up signs to be delivered to polling stations. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
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Willie Anderson (left) and Damaris Reddix, with Augusta Parks and Recreation, load up signs to be delivered to polling stations. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

In a race expected to pull many Republicans over to the Democratic ticket in the primary, Richmond County voters will select partisan candidates for sheriff on the November ballot.

Voters casting Democratic ballots early at Augusta’s Warren Road precinct, typically a Republican stronghold, have outnumbered Republicans by 2 to 1, according to Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey.

“That’s not typically what we see over there,” Bailey said.

Republican strategist Dave Barbee said he expects at least half of voters who typically vote Republican to pick a Democratic ballot in order to weigh in on that party’s four-way sheriff’s race, where Capt. Scott Peebles is a frontrunner, and in the clerk of superior court’s race, where incumbent Elaine Johnson faces a challenge from Hattie Holmes Sullivan.

“Half our voters are crossed over,” said Barbee, a former party official.

Barbee is active in the campaign of Wright McLeod, one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Congress from the 12th District. The 19-county district, redrawn after the 2010 census by state legislators to favor a Republican candidate, now includes all of Augusta and Evans.

McLeod, an Augusta attorney, faces Augusta businessman Rick Allen, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown and Dublin attorney Maria Sheffield for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Democrat John Barrow in November.

Peebles faces three other sheriff candidates – law enforcement lieutenants John Ivey, Richard Roundtree and Robbie Silas – on the Democratic primary ballot. Two other sheriff candidates, Freddie Sanders and Mike Godowns, are on the Republican ballot.

The winners of each primary will face each other Nov. 6.

The crossover trend hasn’t escaped the notice of Lowell Greenbaum, chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, who said the party is making sure its faithful aren’t skipping the primary.

“We don’t want the Republicans running our primary,” Greenbaum said.

The other big issue, regardless of which ballot a voter selects, is a referendum on the Transportation Investment Act, also known as the T-SPLOST. If voters across a 13-county region approve the referendum, sales taxes will go up another cent on each dollar for 10 years, and funds collected will pay for 85 transportation construction projects across the region, including work estimated to cost $302 million in Richmond County.

A poll conducted in June by the Georgia Transportation Alliance, a statewide agency established to promote the new tax, found that 59 percent of Augusta-area primary voters supported the T-SPLOST.

Other elections Tuesday include the race for Augusta Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet’s seat. Overstreet is opposed by Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders in the nonpartisan race.

In Columbia County, voters are also choosing a chief magistrate, two county commissioners, two school board members and a Republican contender for state House, as well as deciding whether to allow alcohol sales on Sundays.

Bailey said voters should remember to bring a photo ID and be aware they will have to select from among the three ballots – Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan. If a runoff is necessary, voters cannot switch parties between the primary and the runoff. Weather is expected to be sunny in the morning with possible showers in the afternoon.

Predicting up to 35 percent total turnout in Richmond County, Bailey added that preparation for Tuesday’s 7 a.m. voting start had gone “quite well” and that the only issue she anticipated was confusion over the ballot choice and the move of some precincts from the 10th Congressional District to the 12th.

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Freeatlast
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Freeatlast 07/31/12 - 01:50 am
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If you want racial profile in

If you want racial profile in Richmond County to end you must go and vote for the right Sheriff candidate and its not Scott Pebbles he implicate the same policies as Ronald Strength. If you are tired of being pulled over by a marked patrol car because the deputy thinks your tint is too darked or because a unmarked drug task car stop you because you are riding through or leaving out after a visit with your relatives who may live in a known drug area.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 05:00 am
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Take Back America

Get your Republican ticket and take the first step to running Obama and the Democrats out of the CSRA. Vote for Wright McLeod and Freddie Sanders.

janderson1945
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janderson1945 07/31/12 - 06:09 am
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Freeatlast

Freeatlast you are saying if you don't want the laws enforced then don't vote for Scott Peebles. I am sure he and most law abiding citizens thank you for that glowing endorsement as to why he should be elected as our Sheriff. Our family will be voting for Peebles today as he is clearly the best choice for our area.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 06:18 am
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Is It Moral?

Is it moral to run for that most honorable position and chief law enforcement officer, sheriff, under false pretenses?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 07:34 am
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Don't let the nightclub mob take control

Don't let the nightclub mob take control of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/31/12 - 08:01 am
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RM, Let's have a nice

RM, Let's have a nice peaceful day, and let the best man win whomever they may be. I just encourage everyone to get out and vote.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/31/12 - 08:03 am
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Go Rep. all the way...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwNT3C2_hk4

Take our country-county-neighborhood to a new level...put PC down the drains.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:08 am
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High Society

HS, you say Peebles is spending lots of time in the black community. Why is that? Trying to tap into the Roundtree vote?

Falconsgirl
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Falconsgirl 07/31/12 - 08:27 am
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FYI

I think it speaks volumes in itself that the majority of the employees of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is supporting Scott Peebles along with a vast majority of the District Attorney's Office. If anyone is going to be supporting someone who they feel will be the best choice for the future of Richmond County it would be those who enforce the laws on a daily basis and get the offenders convicted in court. I am an employee of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and am proud to say that Scott Peebles is the most qualified and can't wait to have him as Sheriff. Oh, and Riverman, your constant belittling of Lewis Blanchard is extremely redundant and mute. Yes, Lewis Blanchard is the owner of one of Augusta's most sucessful nightclubs; however, Lewis Blanchard is also a POST Certified Law Enforcement Officer who probably has more training than a majority of the candidates. So, please... continue with your tirade. The only people you impress are the ignorant ones who blindly follow everything you say without researching anything themselves.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:31 am
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Falconsgirl, well, that's

Falconsgirl, well, that's super about Lewis Blanchard. Maybe we can just give the stripclub owners badges, too?

HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/31/12 - 08:33 am
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RM, alot of folks are waking

RM, alot of folks are waking up unhappy after the convoy of Silas supporters (in big trucks) drove thru neighborhood after neighborhood after midnight honking horns and chanting.

Falconsgirl
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Falconsgirl 07/31/12 - 08:36 am
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lol

Yes, Riverman... that is, after all, Scott Peebles' plan, (insert eye roll here). Is that really the best thing you have in your arsenal of insults against Scott Peebles?? If so, it's pretty pathetic.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:38 am
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High Society

HS, a lot of folks are waking up unhappy after the convoy of Peebles' supporters (on mopeds) drove through neighborhood after neighborhood after midnight honking horns and chanting.

janderson1945
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janderson1945 07/31/12 - 08:40 am
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Iraqi Information Minster

At one time the posts of Riveman were somewhat meaningful and we enjoyed reading them, even when there was disagreement. However, now, as most can easily tell, they are nothing more than propoganda, fabrications, rumors and about as credible as the former Iraqi Information Minster. If you just look at qualifications, Scott Peebles is the best, period.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:40 am
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Falconsgirl, I wouldn't be

Falconsgirl, I wouldn't be surprised if the Snake Lady isn't given a job answering the phone if y'all win. Call the club and RCSO at the same number.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:41 am
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Janderson, you left off the

Janderson, you left off the line about your family supporting him, too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/31/12 - 08:44 am
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Posse on your tail RM

The posse is after ya RM...don't let them toss you off of the plantation..LOL
You will be sooo worn out today on here you won't be able to enjoy tonight....:)

HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/31/12 - 08:45 am
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RM, Funny one! Haha

RM, Funny one! Haha

jackrussell
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jackrussell 07/31/12 - 08:46 am
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FYI, Mr. Blanchard does NOT

FYI, Mr. Blanchard does NOT own that club. He sold it a few years ago.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 08:54 am
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Jack Russell

I thought Falconsgirl was wrong on that, but give her a break. It's kind of hard to keep up with who owns what with the crowd involved in those things.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 07/31/12 - 08:51 am
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Better watch out ...

Better watch out ... Falcongirl may quit her job if the right person isn't elected ... ***EVERYONE ROLLS EYES***

Falconsgirl
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Falconsgirl 07/31/12 - 09:00 am
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better watch out

If the right person doesnt win, KSM's husband will be OUT of a job... everyone clap your hands!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 09:05 am
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Falconsgirl said, "If the

Falconsgirl said, "If the right person doesnt win, KSM's husband will be OUT of a job... everyone clap your hands!!!"

KSM's husband is going to be fired? Why?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/31/12 - 09:06 am
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Oh boy

I'm glad you copied that rm...that can't be deleted....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/12 - 09:10 am
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SeenIt, you got it

Shane McDaniel hasn't said or written one word criticizing anyone. However, as is the case here, he is attacked in comments and on the air. Ronnie Strength hasn't said or written one word criticizing anyone yet he's attacked in the comments and on the air.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/31/12 - 09:14 am
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Job threats

That is nothing to sneeze at folks....thank goodness I'm retired or some might want to come after me....lol

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/31/12 - 09:14 am
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Peebles
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Peebles. Don't really trust the "other guys".

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/31/12 - 09:14 am
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Peebles
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Peebles. Don't really trust the "other guys".

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 07/31/12 - 09:14 am
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Really, fired? Or you are

Really, fired? Or you are insinuating that he won't be sworn in?

Newsflash ... every single time it is announced by a local radio personality you will quit ... EVERYONE is laughing! And loudly ... hahahahaha

grinder48
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grinder48 07/31/12 - 09:16 am
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Why Is Peebles a dem
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Peebles is the best candidate but I can't see why anyone would be a democrat ... which means he's on the same side as obama, pelosi, reid, frank and all that crowd. Why would he be a demo?

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