Strength endorses Sanders in sheriff's race

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 1:09 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 1:16 AM
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Richmond County Sher­iff Ronnie Strength has thrown his support behind Repub­lican candidate Freddie Sanders in the race to succeed him.

Strength, who backed sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles in the Democratic runoff, announced his endorsement by news release Monday afternoon.

“Without hesitation or second thoughts, I will endorse and support my close friend Freddie Sanders for Richmond County Sheriff in the November General Election,” Strength said in the release.

Sanders will face school public safety Lt. Richard Round­tree, who defeated Peebles in last week’s runoff.

“Voting for and electing a Sheriff should not be about Democrat or Republican,” Strength, who has run as a Demo­­crat in each of his elections, said in his statement. “It should be about the most qualified person.”

Round­tree issued a statement of his own Monday afternoon, acknowledging the sheriff’s position.

“I certainly understand and respect the sheriff’s decision to support his friend,” he said. “Endorse­ments are fine but I have always said this is the people’s campaign. The response of the people has been tremendous.

“I respectfully disagree with the sheriff about his statement concerning political parties but I reach out my hand and ask every person for their support. Only by working together can we bring the community together, heal any wounds and work towards a brighter future.”

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SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 08/27/12 - 01:39 pm
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Right on, Ronnie!

This is good news!

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 08/27/12 - 01:46 pm
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Political Parties don't mean jack in this race

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It's deeper than that.

Friendship is thicker than political parties, I see. No surprise seeing that Strength didn't contribute t neither Roundtree or Ivey...

May the best man win in Nov.

All of 6 of these men should work together in some capacity, IMO.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/27/12 - 01:54 pm
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ROFL....

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So Strength endorsed Peebles in the primaries?

Uh.....how'd that work out for ya, Scott?

I'm not sure Strength's endorsement counts for much.

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dade30906 08/27/12 - 02:14 pm
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The right - wing news media

The right - wing news media said Pebbles would have won if Strength would endorsed him early on in the race, so I was waiting for Strength to act early and he did for Sanders, not a suprise to me, but it want help Sanders, it's up to the voters. We don't need to elect a "do nothing Sheriff" who sit at the desk all day and push papers like Strength and his buddy wanted to be candidate Sheriff Sanders. Vote Roundtree a Sheriff who will visit communities in Richmond County and talk to neighbors, he don't hide behind closed doors.

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constituent 08/27/12 - 02:20 pm
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I expected Sheriff Strength

I expected Sheriff Strength to support the other man instead of the bro man. Strength is out of touch with the black community. Who can you trust?

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willie7 08/27/12 - 02:20 pm
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Glad to see Sheriff Strength

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Glad to see Sheriff Strength supporting Freddie Sander in the November election. We now know where Strength stands and will work harder to defeat his candidate.
With all the Democrats in Richmond County voting for President Obama, we plan to swamp Freddie Sanders.
Richard Roundtree will be our next sheriff and some people will need to get use to this, now.

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SAPCS 08/27/12 - 02:28 pm
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Dollar too short, day too late

Had he manned up and supported Scott Peebles--who's been groomed for this job and proved that he can perform--in the beginning we wouldn't be stuck with the second best man for the job. Good going, Sheriff Strength. Hope your brother-in-law enjoys working for Sheriff Roundtree.

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rebellious 08/27/12 - 02:51 pm
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Go Freddie

It's on, like a chicken bone. Hopefully, people of Richmond County can get beyond race and political parties to vote for the candidate most qualified with a clean work record. This office and election is too important for anything beyond a careful comparison of the candidates qualifications, work ethic, and personal integrity.

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TuffGong 08/27/12 - 03:01 pm
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I've been keeping up with the

I've been keeping up with the Sheriffs race pretty closely since it started and it amazes me that many are so closed minded!!

First they attack Strength for not endorsing Peebles from the get go....saying he should have forced his brother in law not to run...umm not likely to happen, put yourself in that position, regardless if he groomed Peebles for the position he can not stop someone to try and better themselves...esp a family member.

Now people are stating that Mr. Sanders isn't one for the people, and doesn't have the best interest of Richmond County in mind...that he's gonna sit behind a desk and do nothing but push papers. He's been doing that long enough as an attorney...im sure some fresh air will be a blessing for him.

Regardless people really need to take a good look a credentials and qualifications and realize between the final two candidates Mr. Sanders is the better man for this position. It should have nothing to do with Race or Party but more importantly who's the better man for the job. It's a no brainer...and Sheriff Strength is doing nothing more than backing the man with those qualifications...just as he did in the run-off! Open your eyes people...and allow common sense step in!!

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seenitB4 08/27/12 - 03:02 pm
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Please please

Will the SP people please stop whining & crying.....it is over.

Thanks Ronnie....now on to November .......:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/27/12 - 03:05 pm
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Tuff

Common sense left the building a looong time ago for some....

You are right....FREDDIE is ready...

showboat
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showboat 08/27/12 - 03:19 pm
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What these people want do? It

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What these people want do? It is over Tree will win, we will show up and vote!!!!!!!

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soapy_725 08/27/12 - 04:07 pm
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Political Drama Mr Strenth (-:

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Talking about sitting behind a desk. Division and confusion. I was for him and then I was not for him. To which side of the fence shall I fall?
Let the "puppeteers and money men figure this one out? Four horses in a five horse race.

"Lord please deliver us from lying politicians. We are sorry that we did not listen when you told us we did not want a human government with a king, taxes and endless wars. Thou, O Lord are the only true, just and righteous ruler over mankind. Forgive us for we are weak. Forgive us for we lack knowledge and wisdom."

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soapy_725 08/27/12 - 04:51 pm
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Go Freddie !!!

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You are the "ace in the hole". The last stand for law and order. Now it is down to a two horse race. What is the Vegas line? Will we opt for PC and continued Charter Based Racial quotas? Talking to the community will not solve ARC problems. Or will we vote for law and order?

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rmwhitley 08/27/12 - 06:03 pm
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Some of

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you people don't get it. The black community has been out of touch with reality since 1964.

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AutumnLeaves 08/27/12 - 06:21 pm
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Qualifications...

It is time for Augusta citizen voters to vote for a sheriff based on his or her appropriate qualifications, experience, and work history. The content of a person's character should be taken into account when assessing a candidate. The viability of this city and county depends on it. Based on what I know about both candidates, as a long-time resident of Augusta, I will be voting for Freddie Sanders.

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OpenCurtain 11/07/12 - 05:37 am
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There is still hope for Augusta

There is a better solution

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nocnoc 08/27/12 - 08:38 pm
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Why I am NOT voting Roundtree

To me it has come down to voiding Roundtree's poor judgment, poor morals, poor career record, and repeated reprimands he earned while with the RCSO previously.

Add this with his displayed racial pandering that has surrounded the Roundtree campaign early on and the fact he has not attempted to distance himself from it either.

Want A Real Eye Opener?
See:
http://m.chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/city-ink/2012-03-17/some-...

It offers some very interesting details.

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Little Lamb 08/27/12 - 09:12 pm
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Women

I wonder how the majority of the women in the sheriff's department feel about Roundtree and the possibility that he might become their commander in chief?

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sand gnat 08/27/12 - 09:14 pm
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nocnoc

Thanks for that link. Every reader/voter should read that article again.
Ronnie is a good man and has done a really good job under less than favorable circumstances. To say that he is responsible for the outcome of the primary or general election is a poor excuse by the local political pundents to have something to talk about on the radio. Election outcomes are the responsibility of the voters. Any monday morning quarterback could say he should have fired Roundtree years ago or publicly backed Peebles. I'm sure he had his reasons at the time for doing what he did. He's been a "stand up" sheriff for a long time. In any event, he has made his position clear now, for what is in the best interest of all of Richmond County. Sanders will win.

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CryoCyberTronics 08/27/12 - 10:05 pm
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The old days are close to a thing of the past

Augusta's former underground Kingpin Mr. Whitey (taxi cab business owner) would say "That"s right son you got to do what you got to do, so business in this town don't go shot to Hell". Some people have been looking for a change for a long time. To understand what the change is, well you would have to have to how Augusta truly operate! County lawmen come County lawmen go, but remains the same?

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Riverman1 08/27/12 - 10:27 pm
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Who is Peebles going to support?

So who is Peebles going to support? When will he make an announcement?

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palmetto1008 08/27/12 - 10:54 pm
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Last evening I commented on

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Last evening I commented on here that roundtree would be good for Augusta. I based that largely on comparing candidates' websites...sanders' site reveals nothing. At least Roundtree outlines his mission point by point. But I did forget about the white limo accompanying the announcement of his candidacy. That's a huge turn off for me. Good luck Richmond county voters, I'd be sitting this one out.

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BeachGirl 08/27/12 - 11:21 pm
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Ronnie strength endorse his plotted candidates

Ronnie Strength, Scott Peebles and Freddie Sanders plotted the
sheriff's race. Ronnie Strength expected Scott Peebles(democrat)to run against Richard Roundtree hoping that Scott would win the race. Freddie Sanders,(republican) the alternate candidate, just incase Richard Roundtree won the primary election would be the candidate that Sheriff Ronnie Strength would endorse. Now, Sheriff Strength has shown/revealed who he really is by Endorsing Freddie Sanders today on the local news indicating that, Richard Roundtree is not ready to be the SHERIFF of RICMOND COUNTY..... YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR OPINION, but the VOTERS CONTROL THE RIGHTRonnie Strength, Scott Peebles, and Freddie Sanders plotted the entire TO VOTE AND ELECT RICHARD ROUNDTREE AS THE NEXT SHERIFF OF AUGUSTA RICHMOND COUNTY. Just Enjoy your retirement Sheriff Strength.....

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Grandpa Jones 08/28/12 - 05:09 am
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Strength's endorsement

Strength's endorsement will probably do more to benefit Roundtree than it will Sanders. Roundtree needs something to rally his base one more time like a bunch of hornets when a rock has been thrown at their hive and Strength just handed Roundtree a freebie by jumping across party lines to support the "right man." LOL.

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augustarookie 08/28/12 - 06:32 am
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A vote for Roundtree

Will set Augusta back even further than it is now. Voting for him means you endorse questionable ethics and a proven lack of disregard for rules and regulations. Wish I could go without paying my taxes (until I decided to enter a polictal race that requires it). Surely, people (black or white) will wake up and do the right thing.

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seenitB4 08/28/12 - 06:40 am
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About Freddie

Freddie spent sixteen years with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department (1969-1985). During such time he served on the road patrol, Lieutenant over vice of narcotics, Lieutenant over violent crimes, Polygraph examiner and rose to the rank of Chief under Sheriff J.B. Dyches. While on the Sheriff’s Department assigned to the road patrol, Freddie attended Augusta Law School at night and obtained his Juris Doctorate in law and an undergraduate degree from Augusta College. He successfully passed the bar exam and was admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia in 1981.

In 1983, the Richmond County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance to create the Richmond County Police Department and asked Freddie to structure the organizational chart for the same. He successfully accomplished this feat and was appointed Richmond County Chief of Police at that time. In 1985, following the Richmond County Board of Commissioners decision to return the law enforcement duties to the elected sheriff, Freddie returned to the full-time practice of law with Nixon, Yow, Waller and Capers law firm. He is currently partner in the Capers, Dunbar, Sanders, Bruckner & Bellotti, LLP law firm have practiced now for 27 years.

Freddie is a graduate with honors of the DEA National Training Institute in Washington, D.C., is a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Georgia and has successfully completed training in fingerprint identification, basic criminal investigation and all other areas of law enforcement.

Freddie is a member of the Augusta Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association.

Freddie served in the United States Army from June 1967-November 1969 when he received an honorable discharge. He is admitted to practicing law in the Superior Court and State Court in the state of Georgia, the Court of Appeals in the State of Georgia and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of the State of Georgia, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Middle District for the State of Georgia. He was admitted to the Eleventh Court Circuit of Appeals on June 4th, 1987. Freddie has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia and a prosecutor for the City of Augusta.

Freddie’s name was submitted twice by the Judicial Qualifications Committee for appointment to Superior Court Judgeship in the Augusta Judicial Circuit from a list of applicants that interviewed with said committee.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 08/28/12 - 07:28 am
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BeachGirl

(joking) Not need to repeat yourself we heard you the 1st time. ;-)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/28/12 - 07:48 am
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The plot thickens

OOHHH...the plot...(so called)..maybe the beach girl & Grandpa jones can get together & tell us what other plots are hatching as we speak.....oooowwweee....twilight zone.....hornets nest....maybe --just maybe...some good men want Richmond county to become a safer & more productive county to live in.....maybe the money is NOT the motive....maybe their heart is in the right place...maybe they love the county & still live in it & just maybe they are right about making a difference.....
No plot--no hornets nest.....

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Riverman1 08/28/12 - 07:50 am
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Women

LL asked, "I wonder how the majority of the women in the sheriff's department feel about Roundtree and the possibility that he might become their commander in chief?"

Oh, I guess about the same if Peebles were elected.

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