Roundtree narrowly defeats Peebles in Democratic Richmond County sheriff's runoff

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 9:27 PM
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Richard Roundtree narrowly defeated Scott Peebles in the Democratic runoff for Richmond County sheriff Tuesday, by doing what few expected – persuading almost 2,000 more supporters to come to the polls than had on July 31.

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Richard Roundtree receives a congratulatory hug after learning he won the Democratic runnoff for Richmond County sheriff.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Richard Roundtree receives a congratulatory hug after learning he won the Democratic runnoff for Richmond County sheriff.


Roundtree got 13,712 votes (50.83 percent), while Peebles received 13,265 votes (49.17 percent), according to unofficial vote totals of the Richmond County Board of Elections. Roundtree will face Republican sheriff’s primary winner Freddie Sanders in the November general election.

Roundtree said the vote was a “nailbiter,” but the results, in his opinion, are a validation for the city of Augusta.

“I think the citizens of Augusta responded and said we’re not going to let them dictate our destiny,” Roundtree said.

The poll numbers tell the story. Roundtree, a schools public safety lieutenant, garnered 1,968 more votes than his July 31 primary total, but for Peebles, a sheriff’s captain, his total diminished by 673 votes.

Roundtree said after the unofficial results were posted that his biggest fear was disappointing his team and the citizens of Augusta. Going forward to November, Roundtree said, his message and his vision for innovating the sheriff’s office will remain the same.

He agreed that he was the underdog going into the race and facing off against a candidate with more support, endorsements and money.

“They threw everything they had at us, but we held our heads high,” he said.

Kyterian Jones said he supports Roundtree because of his views on education and youth and the wealth of law enforcement experience he can bring to the sheriff’s position. Roundtree believes in second chances, he said.

“He is the best qualified candidate,” Jones said.

The final total hit like a collective body blow at Peebles’ watch party on Azalea Drive. Stunned supporters stared at the figures and gasped.

Peebles was quick to make a short speech after the finally tally was posted.

“Our opponent ran a great race and he pulled it off tonight,” he said. “We need to look forward to the future and move forward together. I don’t want anybody to be antagonistic about it. Let’s have a positive attitude and do what’s best for this city and get behind whoever wins this election.”

Peebles said what he had feared would happen came to pass.

“Our folks just didn’t come out,” he said. “I knew there was that danger, and that is what happened.”

Helen Blocker-Adams, a Peebles supporter, said voters became too complacent and expected Peebles to win without trouble.

“They thought we got it in the bag,” she said. “They took it for granted.”

Blocker-Adams said Roundtree worked hard the past three weeks to motivate his base and it worked.

“He got real creative with what he had and hit hard, hit hard, hit hard,” she said.

She expects a similar result in November with Roundtree defeating Sanders in the general election.

“For all intents and purposes, Richard Roundtree is the next sheriff of Richmond County,” Blocker-Adams said.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/21/12 - 10:59 pm
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BuckeyeinGA

Dittos to what you said. Partisan sheriff's races are the most stupid thing I've ever heard of. Law enforcement isn't political in any shape, form, or fashion.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 10:59 pm
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Isanotherday...

I agree, many blacks voted for Peebles and many whites voted for Roundtree.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/21/12 - 11:00 pm
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RMward, actually Roundtree

RMward, actually Roundtree had the best academic credentials.

From where?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:02 pm
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Nonpartisan races won't

Nonpartisan races won't change the results in a county 60% nonwhite. Reality.

hotsaucemom
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hotsaucemom 08/21/12 - 11:03 pm
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Richmond County Sheriff's

Richmond County Sheriff's office is in need of true leadership and now the change is on the way, no more hiding behind the mask of Republican betrayed to be Democrat. Now, let see the true colors of the Main endorsement of the Mayor and the Sheriff endorse Roundtree as a Democrat or will they switch party to deter Tree victory in November, that honestly for your butt. The game is to be play not sold.

sand gnat
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sand gnat 08/21/12 - 11:04 pm
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Qualified?

can't say that the most qualified candidate won the primary. is roundtree still a public school policeman? why did he leave the sheriff's dept. i was told that he lost his job there? is it true? what did he do? how did he get hired by the board of education? or is none of this true?
i know sanders used to be over the now defunct richmond county police dept and was on the sheriff's dept. before that. isn't he a lawyer now? i; did vote republican in the july primary. any reason i should change, based on qualifications?

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/21/12 - 11:05 pm
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Peebles forgot to come to my

Peebles forgot to come to my street, Roundtee's workers did. Sanders would be wise to heed this warning ... Mr. peebles worked radio hosts,club owners and other big fish around here he forgot to tell the little voters why he was needed...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:05 pm
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Isanother

Well, I didn't mean I checked their report cards or whatever, but Roundtree had a BS degree and a masters degree from accredited colleges as I said. They BOTH graduated from the FBI Course. Peebles just got his BS degree from an extension school. Anyway, my condolences to Peebles. He is undergoing lots of turmoil now.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 08/21/12 - 11:06 pm
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Non-partisan would work

Forget skin color for a minute for crying out loud! My point is that removing party politics from the sheriff's race would eliminate a lot of the senseless bickering. More time would be spent debating and discussing the issues.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 08/21/12 - 11:08 pm
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All I can do is sit back &

All I can do is sit back & laugh ... karma will kick your butt every day of the week & twice on Sunday!!! Today is a GREAT day ... Job well done Tree ... :)

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/21/12 - 11:09 pm
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Hey, buckeye...you are an
Unpublished

Hey, buckeye...you are an Ohio guy/gal..guess you don't understand the importance of race in these parts.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:09 pm
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That ONE officer Peebles said wouldn't rehire

I guess that guy is feeling pretty good now. Heh, heh, heh. I know Sanders always supported him.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/21/12 - 11:15 pm
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The reason I asked "where" is

The reason I asked "where" is that 'Tree doesn't appear very polished. All educations are not equal, as we know.

'

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 08/21/12 - 11:16 pm
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A kiss of " good bye" to you

A kiss of " good bye" to you Pebbles. You should have ran how you voted, Republican. I think you would had a better chance to beat Freddie Sanders for the Republican nominee.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 08/21/12 - 11:19 pm
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Hmmmm

Did we lose a few "posters come lately" tonight? Just sayin ...

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:25 pm
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Importance of race in these parts?

@palmetto:

Why? Why is race such an important thing? This country, this state, and this county will remain divided as long as there are people like you that think like that. Buckeye has a point. Drop the race crap, and focus on what's important for every person, whether black or white or anything else. People are people, are they not? This line of thinking only perpetuates racism and discrimination instead of getting rid of it. The voting for such an important position as Sheriff needs to be made with serious thought and consideration - not just because of the color of someone's skin. Buckeye is absolutely right in two ways: drop the race talk, and drop the politics. This is our sheriff. Not a congressman.

countyman
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countyman 08/21/12 - 11:39 pm
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According to the census and

According to the census and business journal estimates Richmond County is growing...

Roxy.. If you think you can find multiple areas in the CSRA outside of Richmond County with higher property values and less crime than West Augusta, Forest Hills, Waters Edge, Summerville, etc...

I hope you can tell me because I would love to visit them one day..

Both candidates want Richmond County to become safer over the next decades.. The sky isn't falling due to Roundtree winning the election tonight..

Local precincts in Harrisburg, East Augusta, CBD, Medical District, and Laney Walker/Bethlehem.. Start off with 4-5 people, two walking/two riding bikes/one patrolling...

Cameras in the same five areas mentioned above..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:30 pm
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PittyPat, when I see whites

PittyPat, when I see whites voting for a black candidate, I'll agree with you.

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:32 pm
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Whites for Black Candidate

Riverman1: Were you standing at every polling location watching what every person put on their ballot? You have absolutely no idea who voted for who. You can't rightly say that out of 13,000+ people that voted for Roundtree that none of them were white. There is absolutely no proof at all to back up your claim.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:40 pm
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PittyPat...actually you are

PittyPat...actually you are right. There is not proof blacks voted for Tree and whites voted for Peebles, but I have a pretty good idea from the results from the precincts. But probably you are right in that there was some "crossover." Heh.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:41 pm
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High Society

No hard feelings, I hope. When you leave the drunken parties and have time to reflect you comprehend better. You guys ran a hard campaign and came very close. I understand how it feels. I've been intimately involved in campaigns that didn't succeed....and a one or two that did.

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:43 pm
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Pretty good idea?

Not really. You have an opinion. You have conjecture. Nothing more. Your baseless views are meaningless and only continue this path of racial bias.

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:43 pm
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Hard feelings

Of course no hard feelings. I only hope you feel the same way after my last post. Which I posted before I saw your no-hard-feelings post.

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:46 pm
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One last thing...

In case it came across this way...I didn't vote for Peebles or Roundtree. I will be doing my research on both Roundtree and Sanders for the Nov. election, and base my vote off that. From the little I've read so far, I'll probably be leaning towards Sanders, but I can't say for sure right now.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:49 pm
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PityPat, you confuse me

You reply to High Society's comments as if they were yours? Ha...Relax, get back to this tomorrow. Stay low key is my advice...for both sides.

pittypat21
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pittypat21 08/21/12 - 11:51 pm
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Whoops!

Ha...didn't catch the "High Society" in the subject line. My bad! It is nearly midnight after all...(Yes I will use that as an excuse!)

I assumed it was meant for me because of our short little back and forth we had there. Oh well.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 08/21/12 - 11:50 pm
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Peebles backing Roundtree

WRDW has quoted Scott Peebles as saying that he will support Roundtree's campaign. How 'bout them apples? Perhaps now the dyed in the wool Democrats that have been critical of Peebles will have a change of heart.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:54 pm
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Buckeye

Now wouldn't that be something in more ways than one? So now the OTHER side will feel betrayed. Heh, heh, heh. You can't make this stuff up.

But it would ensure Peebles still had a job, I suppose. If I were Roundtree I'd make him take it all back with pretty please and sugar on it twice a day in his office.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/22/12 - 12:03 am
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Riverman what is your bias

Riverman what is your bias against Peebles?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 12:10 am
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Patty, who did you support in

Patty, who did you support in the election? Tell me what your bias is against the other candidate? Actually, I've supported Chief Freddie Sanders since he got in the race. I respect Roundtree and Peebles and hope Freddie keeps them in the RCSO.

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