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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:30 AM
Last updated Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:08 PM
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Five out of six announced candidates qualified Wednesday to compete in the hotly contested Richmond County sheriff’s race. They were among numerous candidates who qualified for several county and state offices.

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Richmond County sheriff candidate Robbie Silas qualifies at the Democratic Party headquarters in Augusta. Candidates are filing for July and November elections, including the race to succeed Sheriff Ronnie Strength.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Richmond County sheriff candidate Robbie Silas qualifies at the Democratic Party headquarters in Augusta. Candidates are filing for July and November elections, including the race to succeed Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Richmond County school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree was the first sheriff candidate to qualify at Democratic Party headquarters on Greene Street. Roundtree was among several who showed up to qualify before 10 a.m., including lawyer Harry James, who qualified for probate judge, and Kellie Kenner McIntyre, who qualified to run for solicitor general. McIntyre will oppose her boss, the incumbent Charles Evans, who qualified as a Republican candidate.

Two sheriff’s employees – Capt. Scott Peebles and Lt. Robbie Silas – also qualified for sheriff Wednesday, said Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum. A third sheriff’s employee, Lt. John Ivey, is expected to qualify for the sheriff’s race before the noon deadline Friday, Greenbaum said.

Other Democrats who qualified Wednesday include Elaine Johnson for clerk of Superior Court, Steve Kendrick for tax commissioner, Grover Tuten for coroner, H. Scott Allen for presiding judge of Civil and Magistrate Court, and William D. Jennings III for chief judge of Civil and Magistrate Court.

At the downtown law office of Sherry Barnes, sheriff’s candidates Freddie Sanders and Michael Godowns paid their $2,597 qualifying fee to pursue the post as Republicans.

Sanders is a lawyer and the former police chief of Richmond County. Godowns is a former sheriff’s deputy who works as a security officer at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. Lawyer Carleton Vaughn also qualified Wednesday for the position of probate judge, Barnes said.

Qualifying also began Wednesday in the Richmond County Board of Elections office for a handful of nonpartisan races, including State Court judge and Richmond County marshal.

Qualifying for State Court judge Wednesday were incumbents John Flythe and Patricia Booker, said Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey. Also qualifying Wednesday was Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith, she said.

Wednesday marked the deadline for the U.S. Department of Justice to pre-clear Senate Bill 82, which moved the dates of Augusta Commission and Richmond County school board races to July. Justice did not clear the law, so the elections remain in November, Bailey said.

READY TO RUN

Other candidates who qualified for office with the Secretary of State

U.S. Representative,
District 12

• Lee Anderson, Republican

• Wright McLeod, Republican

• John Barrow (i), Democrat

State Senator, District 22

• Hardie Davis (i), Democrat

State Senator, District 23

• Jesse Stone (i), Republican

State Senator, District 24

• William S. (Bill) Jackson (i), Republican

State Representative,
District 121

• Barry Fleming, Republican

State Representative,
District 122

• Ben Harbin (i), Republican

State Representative,
District 123

• Barbara Sims (i), Republican

State Representative,
District 125

• Earnest Smith (i), Democrat

State Representative,
District 126

• Gloria Frazier (i), Democrat

State Representative,
District 127

• Quincy Murphy (i), Democrat

Superior Court Judge,
Augusta Circuit (Annis)

• Michael N. Annis (i)

Superior Court Judge,
Augusta Circuit (Brown)

• Carl Cecil Brown Jr. (i)

Superior Court Judge,
Augusta Circuit (Craig)

• Danny Craig (i)

Superior Court Judge,
Augusta Circuit (Jolly)

• Sheryl B. Jolly (i)

Superior Court Judge,
Augusta Circuit (Overstreet)

• J. Carlisle Overstreet (i)

District Attorney, Augusta Circuit

• Ashley Wright (i), Republican

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Nothern_Aggressor
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Nothern_Aggressor 05/23/12 - 11:23 am
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Roundtree is the worst
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Roundtree is the worst possible choice with Ivey being a close 2nd. Silas has done nothing but get promotions based on who he is. Peebles has worked his butt off all these years and is by far the best candidate!

showboat
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showboat 05/23/12 - 12:19 pm
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Will Roundtree have to take
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Will Roundtree have to take leave from his job @ the RCBOE?

Truthbetold74
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Truthbetold74 05/24/12 - 07:11 am
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I can not believe anybody in
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I can not believe anybody in the Roundtree camp would want the word criminal used at all.

everybodylies
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everybodylies 05/24/12 - 12:10 pm
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thank you!
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Thank You AC for NOT force feeding one "particular" candidate down the readers throats like in some more recent artictles involving the Sheriff's election! I'm also glad to see pictures of the other candidates instead of just ONE candidate!!!!

CarlA
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CarlA 05/24/12 - 03:21 pm
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Very Important! If you vote

Very Important! If you vote in the Republican primary, you WILL NOT be allowed to vote in the likely Democratic Sheriff's race run off!

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