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
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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allhans
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allhans 08/22/12 - 09:19 am
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I can't believe any one is

I can't believe any one is surprised. he numbers are with the black population..by a huge percentage. Sanders? Good luck with that. His supporters will have to vote often.

My sister is in recovery this morning. Back surgery was a success. So far, so good. Back to it

You folks play nice..Roundtree might make us a great sheriff and remember, we all knew ahead of time that the Dems holds the winning card in RC and they will turn out in Nov to support "their" man , not only Roundtree but Obama. Big numbers..
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Personally I would have preferred a Peebles-Sanders choice in Nov which would have eliminated the race factor..That was not to be.

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Patty-P 08/22/12 - 09:03 am
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Riverman

Again I ask, what is your bias against Peebles. It's obvious by your comments you have something against him. I supported Peebles for Sheriff. It doesn't mean I had anything against the others that ran. I don't even know much about the others, except what I read on the AC or the news. Hopefully, for the sake of the already crumbling city, the new Sheriff will uphold the law, clean up the streets, and keep his promises to the community. The focus can't be on 'race wars' but on simply getting the job done. Too many innocent people have fallen victim to crime by repeat offenders. If they can clean things up, it will be better for EVERYONE.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/22/12 - 09:05 am
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Freeatlast

So, it would be better if the 120 thugs were running loose in the county to steal more from others to pawn? Is that your position?

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 08/22/12 - 09:07 am
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RM1 said: "That ONE officer

RM1 said: "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."

Riverman ... I can assure you that ONE officer AND HIS WIFE are feeling pretty good today and will feel fine come November no matter who is elected.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 09:34 am
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Allhans, my thoughts are with

Allhans, my thoughts are with you and your sister.

Patty, I have made many posts about the election, if you care to be specific about something I said, I'll discuss it with you. Presumptuous generalizing doesn't lead to discussion.

KSM, it could be there will still be ONE officer not rehired. I wonder if there are openings up where Blanchard works part-time?

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 08/22/12 - 09:35 am
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Lost and Found

Exactly where did the newly elected Democrat candidate for Richmond County Sheriff lose his gun and those important files? Was it where he was evicted from? Was his gun given back to him?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 09:44 am
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Paul Wheeler, Not Taking up For Him, but...

This is the way I heard it. Roundtree was at the FBI Academy and had been assured the apartment would be his until he got back. Taking the files home is something they all do. I don't think the gun was a RCSO weapon. KSM knows the ins and outs of that apartment lease and what happened. Maybe she will elaborate.

jack234
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jack234 08/22/12 - 09:49 am
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As an Idependent, I would

As an Idependent, I would just like to congratulate Mr. Roundtree. I think either candididates would have been great for Augusta. I assume everyone showed up with their I.D.'s and exercised their voting privilege.
Now, we independents can concentrate on re-electing our president who has kept up safe. The Obama train is on the track, as we watch the Republicans in-house fighting. The more Fox fight the president, the more determine the people are. The republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot. God bless American and our wonderful president. Speaking as an independent who is not afraid to give credit where credit is due regardless of what our Commander-in-Chief looks like and our wonderful first family. TOOT!! TOOT!

Swatbad
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Swatbad 08/22/12 - 10:39 am
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PaulWheeler's comment=SAD,

PaulWheeler's comment=SAD and poor attitude, but quin·tes·sen·tial example of the typical old Disgusta attitude.
SMH.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/22/12 - 10:46 am
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Yep

The (IQ) shift to the far left is ever more evident.

God help us all. We're sure gonna need it when what we have and all we earn gets stolen by criminals or taken from us by the government and given to people who don't belong here in the first place, and to those who sit on their behinds or lie on their backs all day long.

Gosh, this used to be such a great country.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 08/22/12 - 10:59 am
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RM1 ... with all due respect

RM1 ... with all due respect "No Thanks"!!!

Most people did NOT want to hear nor see the truth and/or facts so I will not waste my time on it from this point forward ... I will continue to post on the AC (just like I have done for years prior) but I'll leave the general election up to everyone else.

As I said earlier "Either way, no matter who is the next Sheriff at RCSO, I can live with the results and I sleep well at night."

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/22/12 - 11:09 am
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amen countyman. that would be

amen countyman. that would be an interesting debate talking point.

some ya'll acting like the world's done ended. might i invoke the common refrain of "delta is ready when you are"?

also the real deal happens in November. Ya'll wait and get your unmentionables in a wad then m'kay?

for the record riverman, this is one former republican now independent white feller {h*nkey is a filtered word hahaha) who voted for Roundtree.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 11:14 am
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Omnomnom, you've always been

Omnomnom, you've always been your own man. I've seen that often.

justus4
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justus4 08/22/12 - 01:08 pm
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Congratulations to Roundtree!
Unpublished

Congratulations to Roundtree! His comments about "anyone switching their (R) party may not hold true core principles" is true and the People saw it too and voted accordingly. However, he'd better get a think skin and a squad of legal advisers cause he gonna need 'em. Good Luck!

TheVolunteer
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TheVolunteer 08/22/12 - 03:09 pm
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Home fires burning..

All that hate is gonna burn you up Riverman..maybe it keeps you warm at night. Why don't you take a Xanax and calm down...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 03:22 pm
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Volunteer...huh? Who does

Volunteer...huh? Who does Riverman hate? Riverman caused Roundtree to win? Now the anger surfaces. Nice patch by the way. Want to see mine?

By the way, those who are suggesting Ronnie Strength should have somehow made Roundtree not run and HE'S responsible for Tree's win, are out to lunch. I believe Roundtree, Robbie Silas and John Ivey would have run no matter what Strength told them. In fact, if he would have used some type of threats against them that would border on the illegal. Something Strength wasn't about to do. Grow up, folks.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 08/22/12 - 03:33 pm
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Unpublished

It's amazing that in a county as racially divided as Augusta that Scott Peebles even came this close.

I don't know much about Roundtree, I haven't read his name in the papers any and all I've heard about him was his love affairs within the police department and owing backtaxes.

Scott Peebles has been actively involved in our neighborhood association (he does not live in our neighborhood) and has always responded promptly to our complaints about any crimes. I've met and spoke with Scott personally and I know he cares about the community that is why I supported Scott Peebles for Sheriff.

There's no doubt Scott Peebles outworked and out-campaigned Richard Roundtree the entire election.

It's very sad that it seems the election did come down to race. Roundtree has a huge race card in Richmond County and this was his advantage. I have not seen any photo-ops with white people associated with Roundtree's campaign. Peebles had black folks actively campaigning, holding signs and attending campain parties.

It's also disappointing that party politics wounded the integrity of this election. I asked for the Democratic ballot for the first time in my life. I asked a poll worker during the first vote, "Why are the ballots different?" and the poll worker could not answer my question. Were it not for the party politics of the sheriff's race, I think we would see a different result.

We can only hope now that Richard Roundtree does what is right for Richmond County and that our Sheriff's department does not turn into a sham like our school system.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 04:25 pm
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My Prediction Was This

I predicted early on before the primary that whoever came in second would win the run-off. Told ya.

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Conservative Man 08/22/12 - 08:06 pm
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To Me?

Bottom line....Thanks Ronnie Strength....you've ensured, by your spineless refusal to endorse Scott early on, that we will have Roundtree as a Sheriff and Barrow as a Congressman...
How, you may ask?.....If you had endorsed Scott earlier, many Republicans (who all know Scott is a conservative) would not have felt the need to grab a Dem ballot in July,therefore prohibiting them from voting on the Repub ballot yesterday. That "brilliant" move gave the District 12 nomination to Lee Anderson, who will undoubtedly get creamed by John Barrow...
From the conservatives I know in Richmond County...may I say...Thanks for nothing!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:14 pm
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How in the world can you

How in the world can you expect Sheriff Strength to endorse anyone when he has three excellent people from the RCSO running for the Democratic nomination and someone he respects tremendously running for the Republican nomination?

allhans
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allhans 08/22/12 - 11:38 pm
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There are any number of

There are any number of reasons for these end results. The numbers of black vs whites being the primary issue. No matter what one might be told, race counts in RC. And for those who left us to bear the brunt of their actions, those who constantly criticized RC residents for supporting Peebles...be careful.
November is coming and Republicans will still be totally out-numbered. That is not going to change.
Without a large number of Democrat cross-over votes - which won't happpen with Obama on the ballot - Well, you know....

My regret is that we didn't have the votes to stop this from happening. But it was not for lack of trying. I even held my nose....

b1
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b1 08/23/12 - 08:20 am
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Ashamed!

Voters of Richmond County disgust me! For you not to vote in this improtant election is flate out atrocious. The ONLY way to make our community better is to make your voice heard! You made your bed...now sleep in it! problem is...I have to also! Thanks a lot.

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nocnoc 08/24/12 - 05:57 am
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greggarn

Switching Candidates is common with voters.
Any party line voter has what they consider best, 2nd best, last and anyone but _____ choices.

In my case my local party failed to elect a viable candidate that embraces all voters. So before I'd allow the sheriffs office to be occupied by someone openly making racial statements and overtones, I spoke with a few Sanders people.

Other than being on the Local "evil" Republican candiate, Freddie Sanders has has no horns or a tail, but has many of the same ideas as Peebles, Silas, Ivey and yes even a few of Roundtree's. BUT, without Roundtree's race based comments and overtones.

We need someone to equally represent Richmond Co., not one group over another. Plus Mr. Sanders has top management experience also, and was top boss of at least 2 of our previous sheriffs.

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