Qualifying ends with 6 candidates vying for sheriff

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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.

BALLOT QUESTIONS

DEMOCRATIC QUESTION

• “Currently, the candidates for Mayor and Commissioners qualify as non-partisan. Would you like the law changed so that they qualify as partisan (Democrat or Republican)?”

REPUBLICAN QUESTIONS

• 1. “Should the Richmond County School Board members be limited to serve only 2 four-year terms?”

• 2. “Should the Sheriff, Solicitor General, Coroner, Clerk of Superior Court, Probate Judge, Tax Commissioner, and Civil Court Judges elections be non-partisan?”

• 3. “Should the Augusta/Richmond County Commission pass an ordinance banning smoking in public places?”

• 4. “Should the State of Georgia pass legislation to allow for Gambling on horse racing in Georgia?”

• 5. “Should the Augusta/Richmond County Commission pay for the moving of families out of Hyde Park Subdivision?”

COLUMBIA COUNTY

The only additional local candidate filing before the deadline Friday was David Vogel, a Hull, Ga., Democrat who signed up to run against state Rep. Tom McCall, R-Washington, in District 33. The district was drawn into the Leah area of Columbia County during reapportionment.


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