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Augusta attorney Freddie Sanders to run for Richmond County sheriff

Monday, March 19, 2012 1:09 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:50 AM
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The field of contenders for Richmond County sheriff just gained a fifth hopeful.

Freddie Sanders served as the chief of Richmond County police from 1983 to 1985.  Special
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Freddie Sanders served as the chief of Richmond County police from 1983 to 1985.

“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.”

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 03/19/12 - 01:13 pm
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Uh oh. Peebles may have met

Uh oh. Peebles may have met his match.

noway
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noway 03/19/12 - 01:18 pm
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I don't like that the Sheriff

I don't like that the Sheriff runs on a partisan ticket. Crime is crime and whether they run as an R or a D, has little to do with their effectiveness as a Sheriff. I just wish our commission would give the Sheriff's Department more money to patrol our neighborhoods.

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Riverman1 03/19/12 - 01:26 pm
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Wow, what a surprise and

Wow, what a surprise and he'll be a strong candidate.

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seenitB4 03/19/12 - 01:28 pm
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This is the best news Augusta

This is the best news Augusta could ever have...I've known him since the 60s...if you want to clean up the crime...VOTE THIS MAN IN!!!

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 01:29 pm
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LOL...Patty...if

LOL...Patty...if Peebles...running as a Dem...defeats his primary opponents...Freddie bails.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 01:30 pm
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Freddie is the "safety

Freddie is the "safety valve"...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/19/12 - 01:30 pm
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I hope you get it Freddie!

I hope you get it Freddie!

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Eagle1 03/19/12 - 01:30 pm
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I worked at the Sheriff's

I worked at the Sheriff's Dept when Freddie was Chief..He is a good man and will make a good Sheriff.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 01:34 pm
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...and this should tell you

...and this should tell you something else...one of Freddie Sanders' BEST FRIENDS in the world is Ronnie Strength...

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 01:35 pm
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How could Susan McCord not

How could Susan McCord not ask him about this? Heck...maybe she did...LOL

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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 01:42 pm
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I have a whole lot of friends

I have a whole lot of friends that I would not want in political office.

Why doesn't Strength just go ahead and endorse Peebles, Sanders and Silas — all three of them — so none of his friends get his feelings hurt.

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csraguy 03/19/12 - 01:46 pm
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Austin hit the nail on the

Austin hit the nail on the head. Peebles is by far the best candidate but if for some reason Roundtree were able to win even with all of the problems in his file, those who wish to protect the city prefer to have a safety valve as Austin puts it. From others listed, he is a good choice although I believe we need a younger, inovative and progressive Sheriff at the helm.

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Newsflash 03/19/12 - 02:08 pm
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The picture of this gentleman

The picture of this gentleman reminds me of Clint Eastwood .“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.” You gotta like that !

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 02:12 pm
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Freddie is

Freddie is rich...R-I-C-H...and he would make an AWESOME Sheriff...but he is only going to do it IF Strength's guy (Peebles) does not make it out of the Dem primary. I would have thought Sid Hatfield was going to be this guy...but Freddie is better. He is LOADED...and he would have a ball if he actually has to become Sheriff.

Sid...much like Strength...is plumb wore out...

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Patty-P 03/19/12 - 02:14 pm
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That's odd Austin, Strength

That's odd Austin, Strength is Sheriff and is best friends with a Judge that issues nonexistent punishment to teen burglars etc.?? Wow. I guess all of the victims don't have a chance in the world with that duo. 'Free electronics for all, no fear of arrest or jail' should have been hanging over my door.

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Waymore 03/19/12 - 02:18 pm
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Freddie Sanders would make an

Freddie Sanders would make an excellent Sheriff! I'm glad to hear he is FINALLY running. He is a fair man who cares about the men & women in Law Enforcement as well as the citizens. I think that morale would increase with Freddie at the helm. He's a no-nonsense type of guy who is firm, but fair! Good luck, Freddie!

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 02:22 pm
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Patty...you are confused,

Patty...you are confused, dear. Freddie Sanders is NOT Willie Saunders.

LOL

Patty-P
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Patty-P 03/19/12 - 02:34 pm
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My bad Austin. You are

My bad Austin. You are right. So my next question is will Strength endorse him or Peebles?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 03:12 pm
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He would endorse Peebles...IF

He would endorse Peebles...IF Scott wins his run off...

EyeMaeNo
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EyeMaeNo 03/19/12 - 04:12 pm
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#1 Freddie DOES NOT need the
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#1 Freddie DOES NOT need the name recognition as Sheriff that two of these candidates seek with their "I", "I", "I" mentality.

#2 Freddie DOES NOT need the money.

#3 For the one "guy" screaming education and leadership skills. Sorry but Freddie out ranks them all on his education and HAS been a Chief of Police.

Freddie Sanders is someone who has not only worked in law enforcement, he KNOWS the law!

Also, so it is okay for Ronnie Strength to have been friends with Scott Peebles dad, or Scott himself, but not okay that he is a friend of Freddie Sanders?

And AGE is just a number baby!!! Go Freddie go.

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Willow Bailey 03/19/12 - 03:27 pm
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Austin, would Freddie run

Austin, would Freddie run against Scott? And things are going to get interesting in the Strength marriage. Silas is the wife's brother, correct?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 03:27 pm
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EYE SEZ: "The only problem I

EYE SEZ:
"The only problem I see with his running republican is the fact that come November you cannot vote for a democratic president AND a republican sheriff. So it comes down to this: who is tired of the president the past three years and wants a change and votes republican versus democratic?"
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WRONG...you can divide your vote up any which way come November.

Freddie is in this race only because there is doubt that Peebles can pull out a win in a VERY crowded primary...

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 03:28 pm
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Willow...THAT remains to be

Willow...THAT remains to be seen...and yes, Silas is Patty Strength's little brother.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/19/12 - 03:29 pm
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...and EYE...who was

...and EYE...who was complaining about Freddie's friendship with Strength? It helps him, if anything...

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Willow Bailey 03/19/12 - 03:47 pm
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Freddie changes everything.

Freddie changes everything. Now, there are two great candidates for Sheriff. Really not a bad problem to be having in Augusta.

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EyeMaeNo 03/19/12 - 03:47 pm
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"...and this should tell you
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"...and this should tell you something else...one of Freddie Sanders' BEST FRIENDS in the world is Ronnie Strength..." your words Austin not mine.

You should really be your typical self and a little less partial Austin and dig your claws in and pull up dirt on all the candidates instead of praising one particular person. You may be surprised that all that glitters is not gold.

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Willow Bailey 03/19/12 - 03:51 pm
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Eye, not to be sassy with

Eye, not to be sassy with you, but honestly, I can't reconcile your comments at 3:20 with the one at 3:47. It could be a blonde thought, but you seem to be contradicting your own self.

EyeMaeNo
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EyeMaeNo 04/12/12 - 07:41 pm
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A little clearer
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A little clearer Willow:

Austin said "...and this should tell you something else...one of Freddie Sanders' BEST FRIENDS in the world is Ronnie Strength..." (1:34pm) ...

to which my response (3:20) was "Also, so it is okay for Ronnie Strength to have been friends with Scott Peebles dad, or Scott himself, but not okay that he is a friend of Freddie Sanders?" ...

to which Austin replied to me (3:29) with "...and EYE...who was complaining about Freddie's friendship with Strength? It helps him, if anything..."

and that led to me response at 3:47.

It appeared (to me) Austin was making a comment about the fact WHO Sheriff Strength is friends.

Honestly, in the entire race I feel like if you are going to pull the skeletons out the closet on one person then you better make the skeletons dance for all the candidates. And until today's announcement I do not believe that ANY of the four are qualified to run RCSO. It is not about education, it is not about color, it is not about past history ... it is about MOTIVE. Saying you are going to bridge the gap, you are going to have a citizen review board, you pull up in a limo, you have people say you are the most wonderful person on the face of this earth, etc. means nothing if your motivation to be Sheriff is SELF-SERVING to stroke your ego.

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RogueKnight 03/19/12 - 04:42 pm
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Strength and Sanders would

Strength and Sanders would have been friends going back to Freddie's days before being a judge, and just because he changed vocations doesn't mean they had to stop being friends.

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Riverman1 03/19/12 - 04:54 pm
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So much for the "safety

So much for the "safety valve" theory. Freddie says he's in it to win no matter who the Democratic candidate is. He says he's competitive and would never be a safety valve candidate. I had an idea that was BS soon as I saw it thrown out. Freddie Sanders is for real.

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