Sheriff’s Lt. John Ivey qualified to run for his boss’s office Friday, completing a slate of six men who will compete to be the next Richmond County sheriff.
In all, four Democrats – Ivey, Capt. Scott Peebles, Lt. Robbie Silas and school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree – and two Republicans – Freddie Sanders and Mike Godowns – qualified to run for sheriff this week, making it the most contested of all the local races.
Those six will be reduced to one Democrat and one Republican after the July 31 primary, unless a runoff – as many expect – is required.
Other local races that will be contested, but not until November, include solicitor general, Probate Court judge and district attorney.
Voters will get to decide in July clerk of Superior Court and one Superior Court judge race, between incumbent Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet and current Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders.
In addition to qualifying candidates, the local parties submitted a set of questions to be presented to voters on the July 31 ballot. The Republican Party submitted five questions, and the Democrats submitted one.