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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triscuit
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triscuit 08/21/12 - 09:31 pm
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Signing on tomorrow to

Signing on tomorrow to volunteer for the Sanders campaign.

The1Justice
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The1Justice 08/21/12 - 09:33 pm
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Moving to Aiken
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Moving to Aiken ASAP!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 08/21/12 - 09:34 pm
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how?
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how?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 09:34 pm
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Told Y'all

Just possibly we can rid ourselves of the bad influences now.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 08/21/12 - 09:36 pm
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If you didn't vote, IT'S YOUR FAULT!!

Only 13,265 people really cared.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/21/12 - 09:36 pm
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Ok now

Ready to join my man Freddie.....winner in November--here we come!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 08/21/12 - 09:36 pm
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Extremely disappointed and

Extremely disappointed and will be hoping and praying for Sanders to win!

SpiderLily
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SpiderLily 08/21/12 - 09:37 pm
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gcap
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gcap 08/21/12 - 09:37 pm
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Hey Scott,

Move out here to CC. I'm sure you can get on with the CCSD and help us fight crime that comes from RC. We'd love to have you.

greggarn
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greggarn 08/21/12 - 09:38 pm
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Switching Party uhmmm

I am so glad peoples did not win... how dare he switches party to gain the black vote, and look what it got him.... A BIG L...

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/21/12 - 09:38 pm
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You just can't fix stupid

Anyone who could have thought Roundtree was the better candidate on any front, especially to include character and competence, has got to have seriously questionable judgment.

But then again, here we are in Richmond County, and the mode on IQ stats is shifting left at an alarming rate.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 08/21/12 - 09:40 pm
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Freddie Sanders

Here's Freddie's website address. Let's get busy!

http://www.sandersforsheriff.org

countyman
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countyman 08/21/12 - 09:46 pm
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These comments always tend to

These comments always tend to really make me laugh sometimes.. People who are much richer and live in West Augusta, Summerville, Forest Hills, CBD, etc are coming to CC to commit crimes... Especially since the real estate prices are so much cheaper in Grovetown and Harlem...

showboat
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showboat 08/21/12 - 09:47 pm
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Now they all want to jump to
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Now they all want to jump to Freddie Sanders side. What a shame on these people, give Roundtree credit for running a good race, you people shouldn't be so negative about everything when it dosen't go your way.

triscuit
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triscuit 08/21/12 - 09:47 pm
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Freddie, don't play nice and

Freddie, don't play nice and expose this guy for the sham he is.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 09:50 pm
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Countyman, you got the wrong

Countyman, you got the wrong story.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 09:51 pm
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This run-off cost a lot of

This run-off cost a lot of money.

happychimer
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happychimer 08/21/12 - 09:53 pm
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Roundtree will make a good

Roundtree will make a good sheriff when he wins again in November.Yeah Roundtree!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/21/12 - 09:56 pm
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Yeah, countyman,

You care sooooo much about Richmond County yet somehow you don't have much to say about someone winning a run-off who is clearly is less qualified and has known character issues.

Somehow, your usual drivel rings particularly hollow tonight because this may well be a disaster for our county on several fronts at a time when we really and truly need the best possible people running the show.

jp1979
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jp1979 08/21/12 - 09:57 pm
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Yes For Hope

Yesterday Augusta National tonight Mr. Roundtree. Good ole boys are upset? One of the largest city in Georgia that want to keep the cow poke town ways. I guess Peeples can switch back, effort unsuccessful. How many votes did Sanders receive? I support you Mr. Roundtree.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/21/12 - 09:59 pm
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Well there goes the

Well there goes the neighborhood.

toppergem
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toppergem 08/21/12 - 10:06 pm
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Job well done

Congratulations to Richard Roundtree's team of faithful, hard workers. They really got out into the neighborhoods and helped to get thei candidate through two tough battles...now onward to November!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/21/12 - 10:02 pm
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First it was Georgia Regents,
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First it was Georgia Regents, then the national, now Peebles is out. This should shake a few establishment cages. Probably all a good things...since not much was good before.

toppergem
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toppergem 08/21/12 - 10:02 pm
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And you said it couldn't be done

Now do you understand why EVERY vote counts. Never, never give up until the last vote is counted. Now here is my question why are all of the local TV stations so silent. No election returns posted on any channel. Let's hope some lost votes are magically found over night!

showboat
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showboat 08/21/12 - 10:02 pm
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Freddie better be very
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Freddie better be very careful about exposeing someone because this race can get very, very U****

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/21/12 - 10:03 pm
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Freddie was and is the wild card
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in this election for the top law enforcement officer in ARC. The second largest city in GA deserves a competent leader. Two in the other election were "rabbits" to keep Roundtree out. It didn't work so now we have Freddie to save the day. Go Mr Sanders. Bring law and order to this circus of wanna bees.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 10:04 pm
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Plus, we have Anderson Ahead

Now how's that crossover vote working? Will someone please listen when I tell you something important.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/21/12 - 10:04 pm
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AC didn't help SP

You can't ramrod a candidiate down the throats....that happened on here..

Don't expect Freddie to be anything other than what he is...smart-wise & the right man for this job at this time.....if anything he would probably use all of the men running in this race to make Richmond county the best it can be.

jp1979
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jp1979 08/21/12 - 10:08 pm
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I Agree

I agree toppergem I'm sure powers to be will find a way.

countyman
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countyman 08/21/12 - 10:09 pm
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There's not much too say

There's not much too say after the election is over.. Each candidate was given the opportunity to present their ideas before the vote tonight.

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