Richmond County sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree hopes sign waving yields results at the polls

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 10:08 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 1:27 AM
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When Ariana Johnson saw Richard Roundtree on Tuesday evening, she knew she had to stop the car.

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Richmond County sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree waves at motorists at Peach Orchard and Windsor Spring roads, as Ronnie Battle holds a sign. He has been campaigning on roadsides since before the primary.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Richmond County sheriff candidate Richard Roundtree waves at motorists at Peach Orchard and Windsor Spring roads, as Ronnie Battle holds a sign. He has been campaigning on roadsides since before the primary.

The 22-year-old was driving through the intersection at Peach Orchard and Windsor Spring roads with her friends Terrell Stevens and Joseph Ivey II when she spotted Roundtree waving at passing cars and got a little excited.

“She was driving, but when she saw him I had to start driving,” Ivey said after the three pulled into a gas station parking lot to speak with the Democratic candidate for Richmond County sheriff.

Johnson said she wanted to meet Roundtree because she intends to vote for him in her first election Nov. 6.

“He’s the first person I have heard of who seems to care about why things are happening,” she said.

Johnson said she is concerned about young people whose lives can be ruined by one run-in with the law. She thinks Roundtree would be the kind of sheriff who would work to solve the problems that create crime, not just “throw everybody in jail.”

“Everybody deserves a couple of chances to get on their feet,” she said. “You don’t know what kind of circumstances they were born into.”

Roundtree, who would make history as the county’s first black sheriff if he beats Re­pub­lican Freddie San­ders, said it was good to see young voters interested in the sheriff’s race. Meeting such voters was the reason he and seven members of his campaign team bracketed the intersection corners for two hours Tuesday, holding up signs, waving at motorists and shouting, “One more time.”

He hopes every honk, wave or thumbs-up they got means another vote in the November election.

He has been doing this type of campaigning since before the primary, but he hit on the idea by accident.

Roundtree said that one evening when some of his volunteers were waiting to regroup in a parking lot on Wrightsboro Road after canvassing neighborhoods, one member picked up a sign and began waving at traffic.

He said the reaction was so positive that it has become part of his strategy to interact with voters. He said people he wouldn’t normally get to talk with will stop to say hello and ask questions.

“The closer we got to the election, the more you could see people getting excited,” he said.

Ronnie Battle, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was keeping Round­tree company on the corner, holding a campaign sign and smiling broadly at every car.

“People can really feel the spirit,” Battle said. “A warm smile goes a long way.”

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F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/02/12 - 11:12 pm
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Social Worker or Sheriff...
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Cannot be both...If he wants to do social work on the side I think that's fine. His job as sheriff is to ENFORCE the law. Not be a social worker. That would be a huge mistake on his part...

allhans
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allhans 10/03/12 - 02:49 am
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He's playing the game right.

He's playing the game right.

rebellious
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rebellious 10/03/12 - 03:15 am
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Second Chances

“Everybody deserves a couple of chances to get on their feet,” she said. “You don’t know what kind of circumstances they were born into.”

I wonder if she will feel the same if it is her house burglarized, her Mother beaten, or her car stolen.

Yep, and at the risk of being accused of racism, I betcha Ariana is a "WE" spoken of in Roundtree's speech at Julian Smith Casino.

He said it, I just listened.

So don't be haters, read Malcolm X and Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, then post a rebuttal.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/03/12 - 04:48 am
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Okay...I just look at this as

Okay...I just look at this as free publicity for Roundtree. He should post a Rave to the paper for helping him out in such an obvious way. The dude is just standing on a street corner, waving his signs around and he gets an article WITH a picture? I mean, c'mon. To be fair, is the paper going to do the same with Sanders shaking hands at a barber shop?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/03/12 - 06:35 am
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Everybody deserves a couple of chances to get on their feet.
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Committing crime is just a "learning experience" of what does not work in your career path. The second crime is just an "affirmation of the first lesson". Then we do counseling on the possible career paths that do not involve criminal acts. Then we readjust career paths once again to compensate for entitlements lost due to a salary from a "real job".

This mentality is pervasive and will destroy our nation. Civil disobedient taken a step farther. Trash and burn that which does not belong to you in the name of freedom. Kill and eat the chicken, then complaint there are no eggs.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/03/12 - 06:37 am
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Preaching the religion
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of "salvation by state" is gaining converts by leaps and bounds. "Behold the fields are white, its harvest time" takes on a whole new meaning.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/03/12 - 07:43 am
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Freddies signs

Someone needs to drive the trucks with Freddie's signs on them.....& park right at this corner...
Great location for advertising .....☺

bigclaude
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bigclaude 10/03/12 - 08:18 am
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How smart is this...really?

Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea? Hanging out at a busy intersection and distracting drivers is a good way to cause accidents. People drive badly enough already without giving them additional distractions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/03/12 - 08:36 am
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New Supporters Helping?

Were any of the supporters Roundtree gained after his run-off win out there on the corner helping?

grinder48
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grinder48 10/03/12 - 08:38 am
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What's newsworthy about this?
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What's newsworthy about a politician standing on a street corner holding a sign and waving?

greggarn
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greggarn 10/03/12 - 08:55 am
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Wow, BigClaude

So you have a problem with Roundtree standing on the corning waving at cars...come on man or sorry woman. This is done at every election and I have never ever seen a letter from stating how dangerous this is, also do you have an issue with the little kids standing on the corners shouting car wash on Saturdays , or better yet the Little Caesars workers standing on the corners waving their pizza signs. If you want to complain about the guy please let your argument have some merit!!!

Go ROUNDTREE

bigclaude
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bigclaude 10/03/12 - 09:03 am
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I most certainly do have a

I most certainly do have a problem with all of that Greg. And if you will notice in my post I did not specifically name Roundtree. I pointed out a problem that I have with the whole concept. Drivers do enough to distract themselves already. IMHO they don't need any further help in doing so.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/03/12 - 09:05 am
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Just My Opinion10/03/12 - 04:48 am

Sour grapes from JMO or has the Chronicle seen the light and is currying favor from the next sherriff of Richmond county?

Big Claude, Really?

bigclaude
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bigclaude 10/03/12 - 09:20 am
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Yea really RA. I guess I'm

Yea really RA. I guess I'm the only one who has ever been rear ended at a four way stop because the driver behind me was more worried about buying the doughnuts that were being sold.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/03/12 - 09:23 am
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Got hand it to him

He is getting out and actively campaigning for the job.
It also shows his campaign funds are drying up or getting really tight coming down to the wire.

Question:
Is he still drawing his vacation and sick leave pay while campaigning as was earlier published?

greggarn
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greggarn 10/03/12 - 09:25 am
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Smile Big Claude

You are reaching now my friend, so I guess that person that hit you stated he/she was paying more attention to the doughnuts being sold than you, the car in front of him.

bigclaude
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bigclaude 10/03/12 - 09:31 am
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Maybe you would feel

Maybe you would feel differently if it happened to you Greg. It is my opinion that it wouldn't have happened if the doughnut dealers weren't there. Think what you want.

greggarn
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greggarn 10/03/12 - 09:37 am
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Ok ok BigClaude

I give up you win... Lets ban all outside activity that has someone standing on the side of the road...

Happy ?

bigclaude
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bigclaude 10/03/12 - 09:46 am
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Very much so Greg, thank you.

Very much so Greg, thank you. Let's ban the texters/drivers while we are at it.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/03/12 - 11:09 am
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Glad Greg and Claude made up!

Hey guys, I have had to make up before and I felt better after I did. Cobalt George and I had a disagreement/misunderstanding and we both admitted we needed to let it go! We are currently friends! I think! LOL!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/03/12 - 01:31 pm
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what a bizarrely worded

what a bizarrely worded headline.

i do not think a staffer would write "SANDERS HOPES TO DO THE SAME THING THE LAST RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF DID, ALSO HE HAS A WEBSITE"

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/03/12 - 01:38 pm
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I guess I have to agree with

I guess I have to agree with bigclaude. This statement says a lot "“She was driving, but when she saw him I had to start driving,” . It's hard enough driving safely with all the distractions and hairbrain drivers out there......add to that an excited female driver who has to depend on her passenger to finish driving....Can't say it was Roundtree's fault but if he causes this kind of reaction.....okay, let's not go there.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/03/12 - 02:05 pm
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Retired Army, my point is

Retired Army, my point is that I think an article based solely on ONE candidate IS suspicous. There was no balance in that article..just Roundtree posing. I have NO problem with the article IF both candidates have the same opportunity. Surely YOU recognize the importance of fairness and equality, right? Or have you forgotten about that? And be honest...Roundtree needs the FREE publicity.

greggarn
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greggarn 10/03/12 - 02:32 pm
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Balance in the article

Please tell me where you were when the Chronicle had pretty much given Peoples the chair and badge that goes with the sheriff position. There was no balance then when they felt Peoples was going to win this thing.

Sorry folks the wheels are in motion...sorry if you dont like the view from your seat...

Tullie
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Tullie 10/03/12 - 02:29 pm
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Gee..what an artlcle

She is 22 and voting for the first time and she said "he’s the first person I have heard of who seems to care about why things are happening."

Johnson said she is concerned about young people whose lives can be ruined by one run-in with the law. She thinks Roundtree would be the kind of sheriff who would work to solve the problems that create crime, not just “throw everybody in jail.”

“Everybody deserves a couple of chances to get on their feet,” she said. “You don’t know what kind of circumstances they were born into.”

That's right, we can't have everybody in jail, we have to give them a couple of chances, Roundtree is full of love and will do that for everyone.

Then she was so excited from seeing him she had to let one of her passengers drive..how sweet.

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scoobynews 10/03/12 - 02:55 pm
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smh

WHEN will people stop voting based on race and start looking at what the candidates are really standing for? Why does a person need several chances to clean up their act? Everyone is born into a circumstance so deal with it and stop using it as an excuse to do crime. Give me a break! With all the ignorance coming from her statements, I wouldn't want to be associated with her "vote".

KSL
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KSL 10/03/12 - 03:30 pm
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ICL

It sounds like something akin to Chris Matthew's thrill up his leg.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/03/12 - 03:47 pm
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greggarn, that is not the

greggarn, that is not the case at all. That is YOUR view of those past articles, just like this is MY view of this one. I do not care who wins this sheriff's race...I don't live in Richmond County, so the only way it'll affect me is if I'm driving down the road and get pulled over for something, but that's not a reflection on the sheriff..that'd be on me. And, if the paper did provide unequal and biased articles in the primary election, then shame on them. By your comment, you're insinuating that Roundtree won DESPITE the newspaper pushing a white candidate over a black one. Honestly not trying to bring race into this, but an excellent analogy for your thinking is how most blacks feel that Obama wouldn't have won if it hadn't been for the black vote, when in reality, more whites voted for Obama than blacks. As far as the Richmond County sheriff, I just want the BEST man to win, and I don't see how Roundtree is better than Peebles or Sanders...I just don't. He is a puppet. You know it and I know it.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 10/03/12 - 04:18 pm
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I haven't heard that one before.
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Roundtree is a puppet.....???? Now that's new!

And to "Balance"...where was this "balance" before the runoff?

Where are the results broken down by race, as the AC did when Peebles won majority of the votes?

Also....
Where is a report on how much money was raised at the recent Roundtree fundraiser? I hear that records were set......AUGUSTA IS READY FOR CHANGE.

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 10/03/12 - 06:11 pm
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For the record

I do feel that candidates and their volunteers need to be aware of their actions when causing motorists to glance in their direction. Just this last runoff election I witnessed a distracted driver slam into the rear of the car in front of him that was turning into the polls on Wheeler Road.

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