The field of contenders for Richmond County sheriff just gained a fifth hopeful.
“That is my plan. I will announce in a few days,” said Augusta lawyer Freddie Sanders, a former sheriff’s deputy who also served as Richmond County police chief from 1983 to 1985, before consolidation. He said he will run as a Republican.
Sanders, who completed college and law school while working for the sheriff’s office, said his platform is simple: law and order.
“I’m going to arrest and prosecute these burglars and thieves,” he said.
Sanders is the first candidate to announce he’ll run as a Republican in heavily Democratic Richmond County.
Previous announced candidates – sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles, Lt. Robbie Silas, Lt. John Ivey and Richmond County School Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree – all said they’ll run as Democrats. Candidate qualifying does not begin until May 23.
Sanders, who expects others to join him on the Republican ticket for sheriff, said he’ll campaign on arresting criminals and holding them accountable.
“I am a law-and-order man,” he said. “If you don’t want the burglars and the robbers locked up, you don’t want to vote for me.”