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

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 9:27 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 2:19 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
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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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Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 08/22/12 - 12:20 am
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Truth is victorious ...

HS ... nothing to say at all. Buckeye ... people SAY a lot & do little.

God does love the truth ... can't doubt that. Good night ... tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day indeed (or today in a few hours).

countyman
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countyman 08/22/12 - 12:25 am
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The first order of business

The winner between Roundtree/Sanders must focus on keeping non violent residents out of jail.. Anybody caught with one ounce or less of marijuana would pay the fine, and not take up the space from violent offenders..

Steve Crawford
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Steve Crawford 08/22/12 - 01:57 am
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BuckeyeInGa

What WRDW reported wasn't correct. Peebles told me that wasn't true. He might make an announcement about who he supports at a later date, but he hasn't said anything about that yet.

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 08/22/12 - 03:21 am
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No Dog in the fight

I live across the river and thus cannot vote in Georgia. Nevertheless, I am entertaned by what goes on in Augusta. You have "Eddie Munster" running the Board of Regents, a "John Shaft" wannabe soon to be Sheriff of Richmond County, and you might have "Foghorn Leghorn" representing the 12th Congressional District. Thanks!

gildea09
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gildea09 08/22/12 - 05:18 am
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Extension college

Riverman, I don't know what you call an extension college, but the degree Scott received was from Columbus State University!

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 08/22/12 - 05:56 am
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Augusta's septic tank just

Augusta's septic tank just over flowed.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 08/22/12 - 07:01 am
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Peebles didnt lose...
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Peebles didn't lose, Richmond County did. I'm not voting FOR anybody in the November election...I'm voting AGAINST roundtree.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/22/12 - 07:18 am
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A Big

Congratuations Richmond County.
You have now added to a heck of a lot more to worry about than Crime and Poor Education.
I extend my best wishes to you all but I don't want to see crying and yelling in the future. You have sowed it.
"I Don't Hear, I Don't See, I Don't Speak" is what you will have to live with.

Sorry, you haven't learned from the 2008 history.

balloon2008
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balloon2008 08/22/12 - 07:35 am
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Sanders

Go Freddie!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/12 - 07:54 am
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noc

I'm not asking anyone to eat crow or anything else.....from the beginning I felt in my HEART that Freddie would make the BEST Sheriff....I still stand by that....I don't have ill feelings for any candidiate in this race.....or for any who supported them.....we all make choices in life..
i love Richmond county......I know freddie does too......working together to make the county what it can be is my desire....I know FS won't hold grudges & will want all candidiates to help him do just that...
I wish the best for all.....
Pls believe me.....some things need to change for the South side THEY have been neglected for toooo long..money talks & FS knows that....your share of the pie will soon come your way...YOUR SHARE!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/22/12 - 08:33 am
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Seenitb4

Thank you for the conversation.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/12 - 08:02 am
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noc

Handle my email with loving care noc......:)

greggarn
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greggarn 08/22/12 - 08:11 am
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How funny ?

It seems so funny how people of the city waffle from candidate to candidate, when their person doesnt win, all of sudden they switch then claim that (insert name here) is the best person for the job. If the (inserted person)was so great, why didnt you vote for him or her. Now everyone is saying how great Sanders will be as sheriff... what a joke. You guys didn't even like Sanders, you had your money on Peoples and he got beat, sooooooo who's wagon can you ride now ? Roundtree will win again,

Go Roundtree

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:46 am
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About Peebles College

"Riverman, I don't know what you call an extension college, but the degree Scott received was from Columbus State University!"

Look, none of this is a big deal, but the truth is Tree has had a BS degree since about 1990 and earned a Masters Degree a few years ago. They both graduated from the FBI Course for officers outside the agency. Peebles just got his BS degree last year. I'm pretty sure it was all done with extension courses. It's a long drive to Columbus and if he were driving there, he wouldn't have had much time for police work. Like I said, I'm not denigrating the efforts of either man to better and educate himself. It looks like they both did a good job of it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 09:05 am
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List of Peebles' Campaign Mistakes

1. Running as a Democrat and bragging about past support of Obama
2. Not reeling in the criticism of Ronnie Strength for not endorsing him
3. Allowing an unpopular radio host to rave about him constantly
4. Allowing the Waynesboro Group to endorse him even though they couldn't legally
5. Having Joe Jackson contribute a thousand dollars to his campaign...wink
6. Having it pretty well known Lewis Blanchard would be hired to some high ranking position
7. Pandering at the NAACP forums as opposed to Freddie Sanders
8. Trying to buy black votes with fried chicken
9. Ticking off Riverman

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/12 - 08:40 am
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November

It's Sanders and Barrow (or ‘Barrah’) for me.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:45 am
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LL, I can't believe a

LL, I can't believe a conservative like yourself would vote for Barrow.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:56 am
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Seenit said, 'I tick you off

Seenit said, 'I tick you off all the time...:):)....whatcha gonna do.....:)"

Careful, I read THAT book, too.

Swatbad
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Swatbad 08/22/12 - 08:55 am
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This city is SAD.

If I did not live here I would be shocked to be reading some of these comments. Racism is dead, huh? Apparently only when things don't go"white" I mean right. It's terribly disheartening to see epole still behaving like this is the reconstruction era. Let's take the high road and work together toward raising our education standards, lowering crime and building a lively and model community. Scott lost.....Freddie will lose.......Deal with it...the demographics are not what they used to be in AUG/RC. I just waiting for someone to propose moving the Augusta National to Evans......lol, no seriously!!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/12 - 08:56 am
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heh heheh

heh heheh

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:59 am
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Swatbad, I will say this

The best police chief the city of Charleston ever had was a black man, Chief Ruben Greenberg. He brought a certain dynamic to the table, yes, because he was black.

Now let's change the tone of the campaigns for the general election. I believe both Chief Sanders and Lt. Roundtree respect each other and will wage honorable campaigns.

useful
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useful 08/22/12 - 09:05 am
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Roundtree won because most

Roundtree won because most voter once again sit out the election.
how very sad that so many do not care enough to vote.

AjavaCafe
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AjavaCafe 08/22/12 - 09:10 am
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Columbus State

Riverman, it is not an extension course. It is through the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association. It is a two year program where you attend classes for a week at a time on campus over that two years. I know this, because I did it with him.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 09:14 am
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Ajava Cafe, Thanks

Ajava Cafe, thanks. Both men did good educating themselves and apparently you did, too. Congrats.

Swatbad
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Swatbad 08/22/12 - 09:25 am
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RM1: I agree

Riverman, yes, greenberg was the most effective police chief in Charleston's history....Actually one of the best nation-wide. But I disagree is was because he was black. I think it was because of his education, experience, and willingness to speak the truth about ALL situations....even when they were not popular with the black community or the white community. He gave honest assessments and went after crime in the same manner.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 08/22/12 - 09:28 am
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Five for Freddie

Get 5 of your friends to COMMIT to VOTE for Freddie Sanders!! Have them do the same...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 09:39 am
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Swatbad, he was tougher on Blacks

Chief Greenberg was very tough on blacks (and whites). He went into the heart of the projects on a daily basis to communicate with them. He encouraged and set the example, but if you messed up, he was tough. Black folks were proud of him and knew they had better not get in trouble.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/22/12 - 09:46 am
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Well whaddya know? An issue
Unpublished

Well whaddya know?

An issue to distract the usual suspects from pontificating about the GHSU/ASU name change. At least for a day or two.

Too funny.

Freeatlast
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Freeatlast 08/22/12 - 09:47 am
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Now, we finally found out who

Now, we finally found out who was behind the operations in South Augusta Smoke screen , fox hunt all in the Black community Scott Pebbles. After one White pawn shop owner was caught recieving stolen goods a war was launched against young Black males that trapped 120 arrested. Pawn shop owner recieved a slap on the wrist for exchanged to let the Sheriff's office used his shop for bait, this caused the Black community not to trust Pebbles.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 10:04 am
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Who Will Peebles Supporters Back?

So who will Peebles and his supporters back in the general election? One TV report that Steve Crawford said wasn't correct had Peebles backing Roundtree.

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