Roundtree qualification challenge dismissed

Board dismisses claim Roundtree was not qualified

Monday, June 11, 2012 8:25 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 12, 2012 3:06 AM
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The Richmond County Board of Elections took about 40 minutes Monday to dismiss a challenge filed by a retired Hephzibah chemical worker against the qualification of sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree.

Richard Roundtree spoke during a Committee For Good Government meeting in May at the Julian Smith Casino.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Richard Roundtree spoke during a Committee For Good Government meeting in May at the Julian Smith Casino.

Willie E. Cooper Jr., who alleged the Board of Education public safety officer owed back taxes, did not attend a hearing on the challenge, but had hired attorney Rodney Quesenberry to represent him, Quesenberry said.

“I would have thought if he was that concerned, he would have been down here,” Charles Lyons, one of two attorneys representing Roundtree, said of Cooper. “I think they just needed a name, somebody to sign his name on a document.”

Roundtree supporter Delma Anderson called the challenge “a strategic move by some of his opponents.”

“I didn’t think it had any merit to it whatsoever,” Anderson said.

Regardless, Roundtree’s attorneys showed the panel of Mtesa Wright, L.C. Myles and Chip Barbee documents indicating the candidate was current on a payment plan for unpaid federal taxes  and had satisfied a state tax lien for a few hundred dollars on June 5, a few days after swearing his qualifying affidavit.

Lyons said the law was “quite clear that at any time the disability that has been alleged can be removed by payment in full of the taxes, or evidence of a payment plan.”

Quesenberry said Cooper hadn’t wanted to exclude Roundtree, one of six candidates seeking the post, but wanted to “make sure all the candidates play by the same rules.”

The elections board, missing Republican member Sherry Barnes, went behind closed doors before dismissing the challenge, 3-0.

Roundtree faces fellow Demo­cratic sheriff contenders Scott Peebles, Robbie Silas and John Ivey on the July 31 primary ballot. The winner will face the Republican nominee for sheriff, Freddie Sanders or Michael Godowns.

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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/11/12 - 08:31 pm
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I bet that "Grateful Mother"

I bet that "Grateful Mother" breathed a sigh of relief after the decision was announced!

double_standard
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double_standard 06/11/12 - 08:38 pm
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Cooper was a pawn for

Cooper was a pawn for somebody?

raul
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raul 06/11/12 - 09:02 pm
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I thought the lien had to

I thought the lien had to have been satisfied or a payment plan in effect at the time of swearing his qualifying affidavit? Guess I was wrong, since he paid his state tax lien after the affidavit was sworn.

I don't think I would have retained two attorneys if it was that easy.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 09:04 pm
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Double_Standard you are CORRECT!
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Quesenberry said Cooper hadn’t wanted to exclude Roundtree, one of six candidates seeking the post, but to “make sure all the candidates play by the same rules.”

Now I hope Roundtree remembers that long history of people who have tried to AND/OR succeeded in screwing him over and starts airing out that dirty laundry he knows oh so well. You cannot point your finger at anyone without three fingers pointing back at yourself!

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/11/12 - 09:07 pm
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So....will that make

So....will that make Roundtree's "laundry" any cleaner?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/11/12 - 09:09 pm
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This Will Polarize Electorate

This attempt to thwart Roundtree is going to polarize the electorate.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 06/11/12 - 09:11 pm
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Raul...

...I was told the same exact thing today by an election official from another county.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 09:14 pm
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No sir it won't but they
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No sir it won't but they "according to the attorney" want to make sure they are all playing by the same rules ... so I say bring it on. If I had someone try with all their might to ruin me and my career the gloves would be off in a big way. Especially when that other person is not squeaky clean and also may have illegal activity in their history. Beer and Pizza ... I think they have a point and when it is put out there with evidence to back it up UGLY isn't even going to begin to describe it.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 06/11/12 - 09:20 pm
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So Khan...

...there is damaging info on a candidate that another candidate has been withholding...until WHEN, exactly?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/11/12 - 09:24 pm
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Willie Cooper in all this is

Willie Cooper in all this is pretty funny. Too bad he didn't have to show up at the hearing and explain his concerns. Heh, heh, heh. I wish someone would offer him a few bucks to disclose his connections. That would be fun.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 09:26 pm
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Oh no can do Austin
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You'll have to wait for it like everyone else. Patience is a virtue my friend. Or all good things come to those who wait. Whichever you prefer.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/11/12 - 09:28 pm
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Goodness, if anything else

Goodness, if anything else comes out about two of the candidates, I'm going to need a shower. I mean what more could possibly come out?

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 09:46 pm
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Again ... Welcome back RM1
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Riverman it is so good to see you posting again. I missed your wisdom and wit.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/11/12 - 09:50 pm
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Khan, I appreciate the nice

Khan, I appreciate the nice words. Now back to fighting for truth, justice and the American way. Don't anybody tug on my cape either.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/11/12 - 09:56 pm
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Sources...

Say it ain't so...someone knows something that Austin doesn't?? You mean that there are "sources" that know how to keep their mouths shut? Sources that know the appropriate time and place to reveal information?

As far as owing back taxes, Charles Lyons made a big deal about a high school diploma. I would think that someone who owes taxes would be a bigger concern than a "certified" diploma. Some camps want to throw low, but when the other camp(s) retaliate, that's somehow dirty?

janderson1945
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janderson1945 06/11/12 - 10:25 pm
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Roundtree’s lawyers file a

Roundtree’s lawyers file a grievance against Silas because his diploma is only notarized, not certified. Even the head of the Board of Education verifies that it was not possibly certified at by them nor could it be and yet the Board of Elections allows him to remain a candidate. The man does have a high school diploma so I guess I understand but he didn’t follow the policies and procedures set forth for all candidates. Then, a grievance is filed against Roundtree who still owes federal taxes but has worked out a payment plan but failed to have a payment plan or pay his state taxes until June, a couple of weeks after he qualified and signed a legal document saying he had already paid them. Again, no major deal I suppose but this is part of the larger problem, no accountability and no enforcement of the rules. The best comment of the night was from Roundtree’s lawyer when he asked…What’s the big deal about owing some taxes? It’s not like he is running for President or anything. This from the man trying to keep Silas out over a high school diploma certification.

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dstewartsr 06/11/12 - 10:29 pm
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Just what's needed...

a candidate for the county's chief law enforcement post whose supporters, knowing his character, are already relishing his retaliation on his opponents. A candidate who lies on his filing papers, or is unable to understand a simple legal requirement. Inspires real confidence.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/11/12 - 10:36 pm
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The fix...

as usual, was in.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 06/11/12 - 10:51 pm
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Fatboy...

If someone is playing poker...maybe it is okay to bluff...or withhold information. But someone announcing to the world that they know something that will affect an important political race...is in effect holding the truth "hostage". Is this supposed to be productive, in some way?

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 10:54 pm
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I think you may be mistaken
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I think you may be mistaken about who is a supporter of anyone or anything except the TRUTH.

I want everyones TRUTH to come out so that it is a level playing field. Not this "expose some and cover other" game that's being played in the public's eye.

It is unbelievable what some people will go through to bury the bones from their skeletons.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/11/12 - 11:00 pm
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fatboyhog ... lol
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Did you ever play charades & when someone was close to getting it correct you repeatedly touched your nose?

I'M TOUCHING MY NOSE! Haha

raul
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raul 06/11/12 - 11:19 pm
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@janderson1945. Your comment:

@janderson1945. Your comment: The best comment of the night was from Roundtree’s lawyer when he asked…What’s the big deal about owing some taxes? It’s not like he is running for President or anything.

LOL. Yeah, it didn't even seem to matter that the Secretary of the Treasury, Timmy Geitner, didn't pay his taxes on time. See, if it wouldn't become a big deal if everyone took this attitude. Geez, I owe something, I pay it in a timely manner. What's wrong with me?

zippy
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zippy 06/11/12 - 11:43 pm
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One thing lost in all of

One thing lost in all of this....Roundtree says that cooper should have been there if he cares so much and that cooper relied on OLD documents. However the federal tax payment plan wasnt in place until april of 2012 and the state taxes were not paid until june 5th of 2012 (6 days ago) as far as being present for the hearing , roundtree didn't say one word to the board so perhaps he didn't need to be there either.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 06/12/12 - 01:08 am
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Glad I left Richmond County.

Richmond County is losing its tax base because of these situations. If a man can't manage his own finances how can he be sheriff? What a joke! Augusta is the next Detroit.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/12/12 - 01:42 am
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Bacon Grease,

Hope you're wrong about "the next Detroit." Hope My Hometown's residents don't acquiesce in things' going that way.

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 06/12/12 - 02:24 am
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Board of Elections.

On such an important issue you would think the person who raised the challenge would have shown up.

You also would think that the 4th member of the Board of Elections would have been there too.

What do I hear you saying? There are 5 Board of Election members. Our 'do nothing' commission has not appointed the person who is supposed to be the nonpartisan chairperson!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/12/12 - 05:11 am
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I'd guess the biggest problem

I'd guess the biggest problem is illegal contributions being funneled to a certain candidate. These contributions in some cases are channeled via public officials. That's the kind of thing that could get some people in big trouble. It puts the hook so deep in the mouth it comes out the gills.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/12/12 - 06:25 am
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The cape

Watch that ole cape RM...I think some on here will try to rip it off again.....:)
What a race this will be...interesting...to say the least....we will end up hearing some personal going-ons ----no doubt about it...I hope these guys haven't had a 3 some in their past..:)

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/12/12 - 06:38 am
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Sheriff Roundtree will be

Sheriff Roundtree will be able to pay his taxes next year. If I was a bettin' man.....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/12/12 - 09:05 am
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Next Year

Bacon Grease posted:

If a man can't manage his own finances how can he be sheriff?

Welcome to the discussion pages, Bacon Grease. The salary for Richmond County sheriff is more money than Richard Roundtree could ever hope to make in any other private or government job. It would end his monetary woes. That is what DuhJudge was referring to when he posted:

Sheriff Roundtree will be able to pay his taxes next year. If I was a bettin' man.....

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