Roundtree talks of love, reconciliation at forum

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 9:42 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 2:40 AM

The crowd that gathered Thursday night to hear from one of the men who hopes to be the next sheriff of Richmond County didn’t get the usual words about politics, voting and law enforcement.

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Sheriff's candidate Richard Roundtree talked to guests during Thursday's meet-and-greet event in Augusta.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Sheriff's candidate Richard Roundtree talked to guests during Thursday's meet-and-greet event in Augusta.


Richard Roundtree had a message of love.

“Love and connections are at the center of our attachments. It is the objective of our lives,” said Roundtree, speaking to more than 60 people at the Foundation Club on Azalea Drive. The Democratic candidate had been invited to speak at the event, put on by Lewis Blanchard, a businessman and friend of sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles, who lost to Roundtree in the Aug. 21 runoff election.

Roundtree said the love he was speaking of was the kind espoused by Martin Luther King Jr., Jesus Christ, and poets Roy Croft and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

“We could be healthy. We could be fit. We could be accomplished or we could be wealthy, yet none of these things would mean anything without people to share them with,” he said. “Being connected to others costs nothing, but it does require courage, it does require patience and it does require understanding.”

Roundtree, the Richmond County schools public safety lieutenant who will face Republican Freddie Sanders in Novem­ber, said it is time for people to come together to heal old wounds that have divided the community. It will be difficult, but it is not something that can’t be achieved, he said.

“If we know our worth, then we need to go out and get our worth. If we know our dreams, then go out and get our dreams,” he said. “If we know that we have the tools to restore this city, then we need to start restoring this city.”

Jerry Tiller, an Augusta native who was listening in the crowd, said the words had an effect.

“He’s right,” Tiller said. “No matter where you live, everybody wants to be safe. You want your children to do better than you did.”

Tiller, a retiree from AT&T, said he intended to support Roundtree in the general election.

“Whoever is elected sheriff is going to need everybody’s help,” he said.

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janderson1945
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janderson1945 09/14/12 - 10:52 pm
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Candidate Information

My wife, neighbors and I have been to 3 forums and the good government meeting when all candidates except Godowns spoke. After the second forum, we were onboard with my neighbors who were backing Peebles. The two candidates who stood out from all of the rest from the beginning were Peebles and Roundtree and their message was very similar in nature. Personally, since Peebles was in the agency and seemed more refined and prepared to lead, we supported Peebles. Being a republican family, since Peebles lost, we are not sure but I am leaning very much towards Roundtree based on the information presented thus far. Most of the stuff people bring up about him occurred as long as 15 years ago and he has led an exemplary career in law enforcement the past several years. Sanders however has not been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, and repeatedly stated he is against community policing, against accreditation, sees no need for an advisory board, believes in locking up all of the “thugs”, his words which in my opinion are not that of a leaders seeking to be our Sheriff. Roundtree has made it clear he believes in locking up criminals, especially violent criminals and doing all he can to keep them behind bars. But, as we discussed at the Warren Road forum by the leader of the Richmond County Jail (can’t remember his name) people are released now before deputies complete their paperwork due to overcrowding so we better have alternative solutions. Even Peebles spoke about how most that we send to jail or prison come back worse than when we sent them and that alternatives are needed for non-violent offenders. So far, I have listened to Sanders (4 times) and read his web site and all I see is more of the same or even going further backwards. I don’t know either candidate but what Sanders has said certainly does not resonate with me or those whom I know.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/15/12 - 07:11 am
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Step by step....on the website

Go on Freddies web site...

See about Freddie....
Click Freddies stand.....now...there ya go..

http://www.freddiesandersforsheriff.com/issues/

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/15/12 - 07:14 am
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Same voices saying same

OOOHH what a difference a runoff makes....

:)---life can be funny

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/15/12 - 07:23 am
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Thanks Steve for this...

November is not here yet, so I will be writing more about Freddie Sanders and his campaign in coming weeks.

You might have to squeeze it in but thanks anyway.........on 2nd thought ...the ac did such an outstanding job getting sp elected (cough-cough)maybe we should let them amaze us again ......:)

Haha.....I'm sure they will!!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/15/12 - 07:46 am
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Johnny Hensley

Luck be with you and your credibility.

You may count your blessings that there are some of us that still honor the privacy of conversations even in elections politics.

Like Sheriff Strength, I too started out quietly supporting Silas, then moved to Peebles during the run off.

Like many I too felt slapped in the face with Peebles endorsement of Roundtree.

Like Sheriff Strength, I too now only see 1 remaining opportunity elect an exp. level-headed, ethical and honorable person to the Sheriffs office.

Freddie Sanders.

In the case of Roundtree, he has too much documented unprofessional & unethical baggage that precedes him for the office of Sheriff.

A thought shared by increasing numbers.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/15/12 - 07:36 am
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I'll be darned, seenit, there IS something there now. I hope it didn't keep him up all night putting it together. Going back now to study the statement. Thanks for keeping us current.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/15/12 - 07:55 am
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You are welcome palmetto

I won't be here all day though to help guide yall through the info....:)

Try to grasp as much as you can on your own...:)

I'm going to try & stay positive..as much as possible:)

seeyall

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/15/12 - 09:32 am
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If you live on the South Side

Ask yourself when was the last time you saw Roundtree speak or visit the South Side? Does he have any interest in the South Side?

In the case of Freddie Sanders, he is well known in Goshen and the South Side.

Don't let the Downtown talking heads fool you.
Well over 3/8's of the total cast votes coming from South of Gordon Hwy., Freddie Sanders stands a great chance of winning this election.

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