Sanders says he is better qualified to be sheriff

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 10:51 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 1:17 AM
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 Freddie Sanders laid out his campaign platform for sheriff of Richmond County in simple terms Tuesday night.

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Freddie Sanders, the Republican candidate for Richmond County sheriff, speaks with people at Tuesday's Pride and Progress meeting.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Freddie Sanders, the Republican candidate for Richmond County sheriff, speaks with people at Tuesday's Pride and Progress meeting.

THE CANDIDATES

If it is illegal, he will be opposed to it.

“That is a no-brainer,” Sanders told the crowd gathered at the monthly meeting of Pride and Progress of Augusta-Richmond County. “If it is illegal, I have to make the case.”

Sanders, a former sheriff’s deputy and chief of the now-defunct Richmond County Police Department, said his main concern is protecting the residents of Augusta from violent criminals. When it comes to that subject, he minced no words.

“If you want to commit a violent crime in Richmond County, as far as I’m concerned you need to be in jail,” he said. “Whether they get rehabilitated or not is no concern of mine.”

Sanders, a Republican, said the difference between him and his Democratic opponent, Richmond County school Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree, is that he has the experience and the knowledge to run a department with a $56 million budget.

“This is not about race, and this is not about party. This is about qualifications,” he said.

Sanders, an attorney who last wore a police uniform 27 years ago, said that his critics – including Roundtree – have implied that he comes form another generation and that he isn’t familiar with modern technology. He said he defied anyone to test him.

Sanders said his campaign had tried to get Roundtree to show up at several events, including Tuesday’s meeting, to debate him of those issues, but his opponent has always declined.

“I want him to show up somewhere and debate me and tell me what I don’t know about the Richmond County sheriff’s department,” he said.

Roundtree, when reached by phone, said he wasn’t aware of any events where he had declined to debate Sanders.

“I don’t even know what Pride and Progress is,” he said. “If someone from my campaign declined it, that might have happened.”

Roundtree said that Tuesdays were his campaign meeting nights and as a rule he did not plan other events on those evenings.

Sanders said he would be happy to meet Roundtree and any feasible time and place.

“I’m in this race for real, and I’m in it to win,” he said.

Sanders said that for more then two decades the sheriff’s office has had strong, stable leadership from Sheriffs Charlie Webster and Ronnie Strength and he wanted to continue that tradition.

“For 25 or 30 years we’ve not had a real strongly contested race, but this is it,” he said. “This is the mother of all races, and the stakes are high.”

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showboat
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showboat 09/25/12 - 11:51 pm
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SURE HE WILL SAY THAT, HE IS
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SURE HE WILL SAY THAT, HE IS BEST QUALIFIED YOU GOT A RGIHT TO SAY THAT ABOUT YOUSELF. IF I WAS IN A RACE I WOULD SAY THE SAMETHING.!!!!!!

showboat
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showboat 09/25/12 - 11:55 pm
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WHY WOULD ROUNDTREE GO BEFORE
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WHY WOULD ROUNDTREE GO BEFORE PRIDE AND PROGRESS, THIS IS A ALL WHITE CLUB!!!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/26/12 - 12:05 am
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leave the he said she said

leave the he said she said stuff to the campaign ads . let's have the debate already.

by the way I love this forum, and its creator is the protective bastions of freedom of expression and the First Amendment

specsta
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specsta 09/26/12 - 01:12 am
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More Old-Fashioned Policing - 1950's anyone?

“If it is illegal, I have to make the case.” Freddie Sanders

More Barney Fife policing, just what we need.

Most things require discretion and wisdom. Should a deputy arrest an 80-year-old citizen for jaywalking, because they didn't make it across the street before the light changed? Is a 5-year-old going to be held in lock-up because she slipped a piece of candy in her pocket?

I wonder how many police officers will be written up for speeding, illegal lane changes, and failure to come to a full stop at a stop sign, under Freddy's Barney Fife regime, if he wins?

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 09/26/12 - 01:59 am
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They have debated and been in forums

They have debated and been in plenty of forums but whats one more - A non-biased media outlet or group should host is so it isn't one sided in either direction.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 06:38 am
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Sanders is right on the mark.

The Sheriffs job is NOT being touchy-feely, PC, or going door to door doing community policing. It is not to seek out 1 part of Augusta's Community and race bait the other just to get elected.

It is Enforcing the LAW.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO's) are NOT Social workers and
Social workers are NOT Law Enforcement Officers (LEO's).

Sanders vs. Roundtree
(Admitted and/or Proven Items)
====================================================
Shady pass dealings, NO - YES
Ethic Issues, NO - YES
On the job dating, NO - YES
Love nests on county time, NO - YES
Assoc with Shady deals NO - YES
Mishandling of Evidence NO - YES
Lying/Deceiving the Public NO - YES
Racist Remarks NO - YES
Demoted to Kinder Cop NO - YES
Lack of Budget Exp. NO - YES

SUMMARY
There are just too many DOCUMENTED issues with Roundtree for me to support him.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 08:17 am
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TELL IT LIKE IT IS FREDDIE!

You know what spec...i wonder what world are you living in...

I don't know about others but I'm sick of living with crooks-crime....they point a gun around like it was candy....I'm sick of innocents dying because some punk couldn't stay in school or didn't have his daddy at home....I like the words he is using...I don'tcare about touchy feely anymore....GET TOUGH & GET ROUGH with them...I want Freddie Sanders because he knows the job & he realizes it will take $$$$ to do it in Richmond county....& he knows how to shake the money tree...
YOU need HIM!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 08:43 am
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Tough/Rough

To the South Augusta folks..

You need a tough Sheriff...take a look at Chicago & the troubles they are going through.....crime can ruin any part of town....you will be left with non tax paying punks ....if you don't curb it now & get a grip on crime .......you will lose even more people to other counties ......I have seen crime ruin & destroy a decent neighborhood....

sueboo418
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sueboo418 09/26/12 - 08:50 am
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Sorry Open Curtain but

Sorry Open Curtain but Sanders: shady dealings..YES..mishandling of evidence..YES..Ethic Issues..YES..lying/decieving the public..YES..associated with shady deals..YES
I don't know first hand about the other issues you brought up but I know for a fact on these!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/26/12 - 08:50 am
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Round tree is not the one.

Round tree is not the one. Lock up all the criminals. I do not care. Feed them bread and water. I do not care. They will steal your belongings because they do not care. They will hurt you because they do not care. So what if they are black or white. I do not care. A violent criminal is a nothing in my book and to heck with political correctness.

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Riverman1 09/26/12 - 09:50 am
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To stay out of trouble, I'm

To stay out of trouble, I'm not going to make serious comments supporting a candidate in this election, but I will note it took a lot for Sanders to even be considered a serious candidate. It was said often that he was only a safety valve pass in case Peebles lost.

The line went like Sheriff Strength really wanted Peebles, but had talked Sanders into running just in case. As if the three of them had planned it all. Haha. What a farce that turned out to be with Peebles and his supporters now supporting Roundtree. All I can say is if there actually were a plan, I would not want some of the players packing my parachute.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 10:14 am
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Your parachute

I would bet good money that some would LOVE to pack your chute...:)

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 09/26/12 - 10:28 am
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Roundtree 's too busy to show up for a debate.
Unpublished

He got a booty call at a Gordon Highway motel.

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 09/26/12 - 01:38 pm
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“Whether they get

“Whether they get rehabilitated or not is no concern of mine.”
While I support Sanders, this probably isn't the best stance to take. We need to at least try to rehabilitate criminals, even while they are in jail and not prison.

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scoobynews 09/26/12 - 02:41 pm
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Glad I don't live in RC!

Because we ALL know who is going to win and why. It will have nothing to do with ability or character.

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Riverman1 09/26/12 - 03:03 pm
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Rational said, "They have

Rational said, "They have debated and been in plenty of forums but whats one more - A non-biased media outlet or group should host is so it isn't one sided in either direction."

Well, that would be a switch from the past newspaper and radio coverage of the sheriff's race wouldn't it? A non-biased media outlet. I have heard of such a place, but it wasn't concerned with the sheriff's primary and run-off nor the upcoming general.

Shoot, all we heard for months is that Roundtree would be a disgrace and Sanders wasn't a real candidate in columns, editorials and diatribes on the air. Silas was never considered a viable candidate, but only the brother of the Sheriff's wife.

Rational has a good idea, but it certainly wasn't around earlier. Nor do I expect it to show up this time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 03:18 pm
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RM

I second that emotion...;)

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LMulherin1213 09/26/12 - 03:24 pm
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Sorry Sueboo418 but

Since my original comment was flagged for review (hmmm) here is a revised statement:

You have no clue what you are talking about. You say you know for a fact that Freddie Sanders has shady dealings, has mishandled evidence, has ethical issues, and lies and deceives the public, when I know for a FACT you have never even met him. First you go to his facebook page and leave nasty comments, now you have to do it on here (stalk much?). Since you are so interested in this election and have done your best to downgrade the great things Freddie Sanders has done for this community and the people in it at every turn, you should focus your attention on Roundtree's campaign. I'm sure they'd welcome someone like you with open arms.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 03:41 pm
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Local Lawyer - I agree to a point

I still see rehabilitation as a Social Workers Job, not the Sheriffs or any of his deputies.

But if rehabilitation is to work it must occur prior to the 1st arrest. The latest stats I have read (Feb 2011) showed 1 major area that could be addressed. Interviews of those arrested showed 63% came from single parent families, or had Parents with poor parenting skills or none at all. Family Social workers actually stand the best chance of reducing the crime problem.

Some eye opening figures from Crime in America June 2010.

"77 percent of felony defendants have at least one prior arrest and 69 percent have multiple prior arrests. 61 percent have at least one conviction and 49 percent have multiple convictions.

35 percent of those charged with felonies have 10 or more prior arrests and another 17 percent have between 5 to 9 arrests, thus 52 percent of charged felons have been arrested and before the courts many times.

40 percent of those charged with burglary and motor vehicle theft have 10 or more arrests. 30 percent of violent offenders have 10 or more prior arrests.

40 percent of all felony convictions serve time in a state prison and 55 percent of those convicted for violent felonies serve time in state prisons. More serve less than six months in county jails.

Analysis: The criminal justice system is dominated by individuals with multiple arrests and multiple convictions. As a variety of criminological research indicates, approximately a third of felony defendants are considered high-risk offenders."

My take?
Too many rehabilitated criminals walking around instead of serving time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 04:02 pm
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Thanks

Thanks Mulherin for reposting I agree withya....also with curtain...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/26/12 - 04:06 pm
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sueboo418

If You Know Them For A Fact, So State Them or Pull Your Post!!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/26/12 - 05:12 pm
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Yep

Some real good Documented Facts for 5 YES's.

Same old way that the King SMNCICBHO handles conflicts when truth hits him in the face.

I SAID IT AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS!.

Gamsybamatide
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Gamsybamatide 09/26/12 - 05:23 pm
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Definition of a lawyer for the statment above....

Lawyer: Person trained and licensed to prepare, manage, and either prosecute or defend a court action as an agent for another and who also gives advice on legal matters that may or may not require court action.

So now we're bashing Freddie for representing his clients...Really???

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/26/12 - 08:43 pm
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So Glad

that sooboo418 accusation post disappeared.

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Conservative Man 09/26/12 - 09:38 pm
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Scooby @ 2:41 nailed it.....

....in Richmond Co. it's not about the "content of your character", it's about the color of your skin.

Who are the "real" racists?

bentman
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bentman 09/27/12 - 01:11 am
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Let me guess how this one

Let me guess how this one will go down. If I vote for Freddie Sanders, that makes me a racist. Yep, I think I've got it.

george_mcfly
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george_mcfly 09/27/12 - 11:10 am
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Go Freddie!

Go Freddie!

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