Ronnie Strength endorses Capt. Scott Peebles for next sheriff

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 11:32 AM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 1:33 AM
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Ending weeks of speculation, Sheriff Ronnie Strength finally did what many said he would do – endorse Capt. Scott Peebles as his pick for the next Richmond County sheriff.

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Retiring sheriff Ronnie Strength endorsed Capt. Scott Peebles for Richmond County Sheriff
Retiring sheriff Ronnie Strength endorsed Capt. Scott Peebles for Richmond County Sheriff

The sheriff made it official in a brief statement, released by e-mail Wednesday afternoon.

“Several months back I made the decision not to endorse any candidate for the Office of Sheriff in the primary election,” the statement said. “I had close ties to three candidates in the election and did not think it fair to take a position. I stated that I would endorse someone after the primary in July. Today, I announce that I am endorsing Scott Peebles in the Democratic Party run off for Sheriff against Richard Roundtree.”

Peebles said the endorsement was both a personal honor and a boost to his campaign.

“As an individual, it is important to me because I love and respect the sheriff, and I’m honored to have it,” Peebles said. “But the sheriff also carries a lot of weight, and I’m sure we will win some votes because of that, which means a lot, too.”

Six candidates qualified to run for sheriff in March, but three of those men had reasons to expect Strength’s support: his longtime friend, Republican Freddie Sanders; his brother-in-law, Lt. Robbie Silas; and Peebles, an officer he mentored up through the ranks. Strength donated $1,000 to each of their campaigns.

Tuesday’s primary narrowed the field of candidates from six to three, with Sanders advancing to the general election and two Democrats – Peebles and schools Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree headed for an Aug. 21 runoff.

Peebles said his team would be working overtime the next three weeks to deliver a win in that runoff election.

“We are just trying to back up, get organized and put another plan in motion,” he said.

Roundtree said he will spend the coming weeks working to reach voters who didn’t show up at the polls.

“We are going to target those areas that didn’t come out at all,” he said. “We know that a large number of people who participated in the Democratic primary were Republican, so there is a large number out there that didn’t participate.”

Roundtree downplayed the sheriff’s announcement, saying he expected it to have little effect on the runoff results.

“I think (the effect) is minimal,” he said, explaining that it only confirmed what most people expected all along. “I don’t think that announcement was a shock to anybody; it was mere formality.”

In the days before Tuesday’s election, speculation about who the sheriff was supporting intensified, and the campaign heated up with the diffferent camps trading allegations.

Strength confirmed that the campaign had also raised tensions within his department, with different factions backing certain candidates. He said Wednesday he hoped Tuesday’s vote had put most of that to rest.

Strength said he had a staff meeting early today in which he instructed his staff to put aside their differences and return to work as normal.

“With six candidates, this is the first time we’ve had anything like this in the sheriff’s department,” Strength said. “People get behind their candidates and get very passionate about that,
especially about their sheriff.”

He expects that tension to subside now that two other candidates and sheriff’s employees – Silas and Lt. John Ivey – were eliminated from contention.

“You will see all that die down to almost nothing, probably by the end of the day,” he said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/12 - 11:45 am
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FBI Investigating the RCSO?

Austin said yesterday that the FBI was investigating the RCSO. I had heard the same thing about a week ago, but didn't know if it were true. Apparently it is. Anybody have more info?

HighSociety
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HighSociety 08/01/12 - 11:54 am
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It will be released soon.

It will be released soon.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 08/01/12 - 12:23 pm
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Peebles, Sanders, Silas
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"Strength donated $1,000 to each of their campaigns."

So we know who he WILL NOT bE supporting.

Augusta, here is your chance....what has the same ol same got you???

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/12 - 12:53 pm
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I wonder who Strength will

I wonder who Strength will endorse for the the General Election? He has certainly been under a lot of pressure and took a lot of flak.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 08/01/12 - 01:10 pm
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As I have already reported...

Two officers are off the job pending an FBI investigation into identity theft/fraud. Deputy Sean Streets...and an Investigator whose involvement in the issue is said to be peripheral...and above board. The Sheriff told a reporter last week that he expected to be able to comment on the issue this week.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/01/12 - 02:08 pm
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hopefully peebles will win
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hopefully peebles will win and develop and atmosphere and environment of law and order, effective and proactive policing and most important decentralize the police get them stationed in the areas where 'GUBMENT HOUSING/WELFARE QUEENS ARE LIVING (with their drug dealing wannabe thug boyfriends and other females "babbies daddies")

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/01/12 - 03:08 pm
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RM, that guy still has a

RM, that guy still has a radio show?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/12 - 04:13 pm
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Insider, LOL

So I hear.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 08/01/12 - 04:52 pm
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"what has the same ol same got you???"

It got me "Augusta Inc.," "Smoke Screen," and "Fox Hunt."

On another note, I will be SO GLAD to see all the Silas signs come down in South Augusta, and moreso when the Roundtree signs come down in August.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/01/12 - 05:10 pm
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Austin Rhodes!!

Is nothing but a big mouth!! He needs to leave Ronnie Strength and his family alone regarding the Sheriff's race. Strength is a good man and you just need to close your big mouth!

beboisme
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beboisme 08/01/12 - 05:39 pm
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Thank You Sheriff for

Thank You Sheriff for supporting Scott, I was hoping to have a young,and good looking whipper-snapper as next Sheriff! Not that your not handsome or old, but Scotts legs are longer and I think he looks good in shorts too! Now then when Scott is elected as the new Sheriff I would very much like to see how he looks in uniform. It's my belief that all Sheriffs should wear the uniform daily of the counties they represent. Pull out that old uniform,dust it off and put it on Scott your day is coming! Oh sheriff I do remember how you looked in uniform too you were purdy tough looking! How about when you pass the baton off to Scott both of you be in uniform! Can't wait, got the camera charging!

dwb619
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dwb619 08/01/12 - 05:42 pm
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talk show hosts

Ronnie already sits on a million judgement against one radio station.

TCB22
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TCB22 08/01/12 - 07:38 pm
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Sweet son

Austin's job is radio TALK show host! And you want him to "shut his big mouth?" That's like him telling someone who works for a private security firm to "stop guarding businesses at night!" It's his job. Maybe you should do what you ask him to do and shut it.

blues550
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blues550 08/02/12 - 12:13 am
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Well, the department has torn itself apart and Ronnie finally endorses someone...after the fact. Austin was spot on. I just hope the damage has not been too deep.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/12 - 03:09 am
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dwb619 says

talk show hosts

Ronnie already sits on a million judgement against one radio station.

Now that is interesting.....tell more if you can,...

avidreader
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avidreader 08/02/12 - 07:09 am
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Concerning Austin Rhodes

The guy's a bit looney, but he loves Augusta and is always willing to keep us informed. Even when he drifts off of the deep end with his wackiness, I still appreciate him bringing forth the topics. It would be sad if Austin were not part of our community. I enjoy screaming at my radio, but at the same time, I have to smile.

dwb619
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dwb619 08/02/12 - 08:32 am
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Ryan B

Seen it. Google Ryan B ,am radio, Aiken, SC.
I think the judgement was for about $6 million.

rebellious
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rebellious 08/02/12 - 08:36 am
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BeBo

Sounds like you have a little thrill running up your leg. Aren't you going to ask SP if it's boxers or briefs? What a criteria for selecting the next sheriff. Geez, our electorate continues to astound me.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/02/12 - 11:02 am
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i want to know where the

i want to know where the candidates stand with the whole chick fil a thang. lets inject some real debate into this race :P

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/02/12 - 12:30 pm
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TCB22

Got your love note. I will shut up when they are shoveling dirt in my grave. Austin's comments got out of the public realm when he began to elude to the possibility that Ronnie's wife was calling the shots. As long as he leaves private citizens out of his talk and sticks to public figures then I don't care what he does or talks about!

rebellious
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rebellious 08/02/12 - 02:46 pm
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Chik Fila

What does the ChickFila controversy have to do with Crime and Incarceration, running a $54 million budget, over 700 employees and securing Augusta? Sure let's talk about the controversy, but not in the context of the Sheriff's race. What does that have to do with the price of rice in China, now there is a pertinent discussion.

Here is a good discussion for the avid polical junkies: Who does Sanders have a better chance at defeating? Peebles or Roundtree? Obviously, one result has a white running vs a white, the other not so much. How do the party lines vote in each situation, what with baggage and all.

Then we can talk about the winners take on Dan Kathey's statements.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/07/12 - 05:10 am
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Evaluation

Given the results.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/03/12 - 08:22 am
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Thanks dwb

I did google..that is interesting..

formerlawman1201
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formerlawman1201 08/21/12 - 10:25 am
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ITS VERY EVIDENT THAT EVEN

ITS VERY EVIDENT THAT EVEN SHERIFF STRENGTH KNOWS WHO IS THE RIGHT CANDIDATE... PEEBLES ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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