Peebles, Roundtree in Aug. 21 sheriff's runoff; Sanders gets Republican nod

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 12:16 AM
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The field of candidates for Richmond County’s next sheriff was cut in half Tuesday, with one Republican advancing and two Democrats headed to an August runoff.

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Sheriff's candidate Scott Peebles exhorts his supporters to keep working hard through the runoff. "Do not go to sleep on me now," he said.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Sheriff's candidate Scott Peebles exhorts his supporters to keep working hard through the runoff. "Do not go to sleep on me now," he said.

Democrats: 

John Ivey: 6%, 1,662 votes
Scott Peebles: 47%, 13,932 votes
Richard Roundtree: 39%, 11,725 votes
Robbie Silas: 9%, 2,560 votes

Republicans:

Mike Godowns: 24%, 1,241 votes
Freddie Sanders: 76%, 3,942 votes

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Votes: Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Ga.

None of the four Democrats on the primary ballot was able to get a clear majority to win outright, but sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles and school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree emerged with the most votes, placing them in a runoff election set for Aug. 21.

Peebles received the most, with 13,932, or 47 percent of the votes, to Roundtree’s 11,725, or 39 percent.

Peebles was exultant at his finish but urged his supporters to not let up and to continue campaigning for the next election.

“When we polled back here in March, we were going to lose this thing outright. You guys pulled us through and got us where we are right now,” Peebles said to the crowd at his election headquarters on Azalea Drive. “Please, please, do not go to sleep on me now; I need your help.”

Peebles said his team was meeting Tuesday night to start work on the next three weeks of campaigning.

“I really believe our message resonated,” he said. “I think people believe I can do what I say I’m going to do.”

Roundtree said he wasn’t disappointed with the results.

“Don’t think of this as a letdown at all,” he said. “We’ve got 21 days and we’ve got work to do. Our message is pure. We didn’t buy this campaign.”

Should he beat Peebles in the runoff, Roundtree would have a distinct advantage in the November election because the majority of Richmond County voters tend to lean Democratic. A win would make him the county’s first black sheriff.

On the Republican side, Augusta lawyer Freddie Sanders trounced opponent Mike Godowns, with 76 percent of the votes. Sanders will face the winner of the Democratic runoff in the November general election.

“We are tickled with how well we did,” Sanders said. “We will go after our opponent, whoever that is.”

Six men qualified to run in Tuesday’s primary: two Republicans and four Democrats. Of the two remaining Democrats – both sheriff’s employees – Lt. Robbie Silas had the best showing with 2,560 votes, about 9 percent, to Lt. John Ivey’s 1,662 votes, or almost 6 percent.

Ivey, the oldest of the candidates and the one with the most law enforcement experience, was disappointed in his last-place finish. He has said he might consider retirement from the sheriff’s force after the new sheriff takes over in January.

“I thought I would do a lot better than that. I don’t know what happened,” he said. “My hat’s off to the other two guys.”

Ivey wouldn’t say Tuesday whether he would support one of the candidates who advanced to the runoff.

“I’m still an employee of the sheriff’s office,” Ivey said. “I can’t endorse anyone.”

Silas, the brother-in-law of Sheriff Ronnie Strength, had strong support from voters in south Augusta precincts, but it wasn’t enough to surpass Roundtree for a second-place finish.

Silas released no statement after the election and did not return phones calls seeking comment.

Strength, who had been withholding any endorsement of a candidate until after the primary election, said he wasn’t making any immediate statement about whom he would support in the runoff.

Richmond County ballot questions

(Republicans)
77 of 77 precincts
1. Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?
Yes............................. 2,935
No............................... 3,595
2. Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?
Yes............................. 5,509
No.................................. 982
3. Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?
Yes............................. 3,823
No............................... 2,686
4. Should citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least 30 days prior to such primary election?
Yes............................. 2,807
No............................... 3,661
5. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?
Yes............................. 4,632
No............................... 1,664
6. Should the Richmond County School Board members be limited to serve only 2 four-year terms?
Yes............................. 5,827
No.................................. 698
7. Should the sheriff, solicitor general, coroner, clerk of superior court, probate judge, tax  commissioner and civil court judges elections be nonpartisan?
Yes............................. 5,469
No.................................. 876
8. Should the Augusta-Richmond County Commission pass an ordinance banning smoking in public places?
Yes............................. 4,051
No............................... 2,495
9. Should the state of Georgia pass legislation to allow for gambling on horse racing in Georgia?
Yes............................. 2,767
No............................... 3,738
10. Should the Augusta- Richmond County Commission pay for the moving of families out of Hyde Park subdivision?
Yes............................. 1,587
No............................... 4,772

(Democrats)
77 of 77 precincts

1. Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?
Yes............................11,181
No............................. 16,335
2. Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?
Yes............................18,513
No............................... 9,226
3. Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?
Yes............................21,746
No................................6,104
4. Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?
Yes........................... 24,924
No............................... 3,371
5. 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)?
Yes............................13,976
No............................. 13,386

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Freeatlast
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Freeatlast 08/01/12 - 04:37 am
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Georgia has what's is known

Georgia has what's is known as an " open primary" which means Republican voters in Richmond County switched party and helped Scott Peebles win more votes than Roundtree, but it want happen in the run - off and Roundtree will win the Democrat Nod. Liked I said,if you 're tired of your daughter or son being pulled over by marked patrol cars while DWB and question tinted windows and than asked to search your car for drugs or you tired of unmarked cars pulling you because you was leaving a known drug area,you must return to the poll on Aug 21. Their only one Sheriff candidate will stop this racial profiling and sting operations always targeting South Augusta. this a " No brainer."

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/01/12 - 04:50 am
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I think even supporters of

I think even supporters of Richard Roundtree know that he is a puppet, and the people pulling his strings and telling him what to say are the "behind the scenes" black power brokers of Augusta. Well, okay...but what happens when those brokers break the law? What happens when those brokers don't like what Roundtree does in office while trying to do his job? What happens when a friend or family member of one of those brokers gets arrested and Roundtree is forced by the public to "do the right thing"? In other words, Roundtree can't be an effective and competent sherriff if he has to constantly seek approval before he acts. Even a "concerned mother" knows that!

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 08/01/12 - 08:17 am
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Ok, let's be clear; both

Ok, let's be clear; both candidates are powered by political machinations. That's why I think the office of sheriff should be non-partisan. Second, F4therTime, you certainly have just given up your rights to be able to travel in peace, without being illegally searched. I, for one, cannot tolerate it. I refuse to bow and "show my papers". This is a free country.

Initially, I planned to vote for Peebles, but I began to read the book by Michelle Alexander called "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" and realized that there are more answers than put people in jail. Not that hardened, violent, abusive criminals should have mercy (because they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law), but that more efforts should be in place to prevent young people from becoming criminals. It seems Mr. Roundtree has that same concern and I would like to see how that approach toward law enforcement would better work with the changing demographics of this city.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/12 - 08:20 am
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Congratulations to both

Congratulations to both Democrats who won. We'll see the winner in November. Of course Democrats work with backroom deals and power brokers. Nothing new here. It's the Democratic Party way. Republicans are the ones who are straight up enforcing the law and saying what we mean no matter the group.

lsmith
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lsmith 08/01/12 - 08:54 am
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Whoever said republicans
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Whoever said republicans won't be able to come back crossover for Peebles in the run off is wrong. They'll all be back. The cirumcstances are dire. Sheriffs don't elected around here very often. Once one goes in, he's in till he retires or goes to jail himself.
I have great concerns with the comments Roundtree has made about bringing in his " POSSEE".....The connotation of that is very negative from past experience, all the way back to J.B. Dykes. I don't think Roundtree is straight up and possesses the organizational skills to be a effective sheriff. If he saw fit to check female prisoners out of the jail when he was a deputy in the past..........what's he going to do when he OWNs the keys to the jail? It's a disturbing thought

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/01/12 - 09:25 am
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don't vote for roundtree, if
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don't vote for roundtree, if the so-called "black leaders" are pulling his strings then if he is elected then the so-called "black leaders" will then force him to go easy on crime when the criminal or criminal element is black..."a kinder, genter police presence and enforcement of thugs, and thug activities"..instead of hard time he with the support of the local "race hustlers, including religious and community leaders" will look to develop "alternative programs" to reach out to lysterine, wa'quan to beg them not to hurt, shoot or rob the law-abiding citizens, when thugs should be put in jail until they are dead or no longer a viable threat (60yrs should do it)

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/01/12 - 09:48 am
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jbenny, you are right that

jbenny, you are right that more effort should be expended to keep young people on the right path and the jails would not be full of young black and white males if the parents were responsible and would provide a two parent home. There are pleanty of black and white famileys that provide the correct enviroment and their children are not in jail. It is not the responsibility of the sheriffs department. They are to protect us from those kinds of people. I travel through all areas of the county in my job and never have been stopped and searched because I do not look guilty of anything. Young men change the way you look, act and talk and you won't be stopped either.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/12 - 10:06 am
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Looking at the numbers, the

Looking at the numbers, the run-off is going to be extremely close. Usually, the others rally behind the second place finisher. That may not happen here, but there were bitter feelings during this election. Silas supporters may stay home. We know where Ivey supporters will go. I also think Roundtree supporters took longer to marshall forces and may improve with the run-off. Peebles' campaign had lots of traditional support from the media and money. Roundtree was working with a grass roots organization. So the question is how ticked off are the Silas supporters? If Peebles' people encouraged a crossover maneuver, who is to say Silas supporters may not use some trickery, too?

Ivey
5.56

1,662

Scott Peebles - Dem

46.63

13,932

Richard Roundtree - Dem

39.24

11,725

Robbie Silas - Dem

8.57

2,560

chemchick
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chemchick 08/01/12 - 08:29 pm
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Free to get an education...

Yes, Freeatlast, I too would not enjoy getting pulled over for what I deemed was no reason. However, I respect that our law enforcement will make good judgments in who they pull over and why. Yes, it is an inconvenience, but if you have nothing to hide, then feel good knowing that these deputies are trying to rid our streets of drugs and criminals.
Secondly, there is a law about how dark your windows can be. Learn the laws, follow them, and you will not have trouble with law enforcement. Thirdly, you can say no. They are ASKING to search your vehicle. You have the right to say no. And finally, you are obviously happy for slavery to be gone in the US. Why not take that opportunity to learn English and use it properly?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/07/12 - 05:15 am
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I agree

to disagree with myself

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