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
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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.


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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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/03/12 - 07:07 pm
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The only good thing....

At least when Roundtree was waving a sign at the corner of Golden Camp and Deans Bridge Road, it cut down on the blatant drug-trafficking in that area. At least I hope it did.

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KSL 10/03/12 - 07:35 pm
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LOL, Autumn Leaves

He hasn't been elected and he is reducing crime. Sounds like he might need to be cloned and dispeared around the county.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/03/12 - 07:44 pm
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KSL,

KSL, God forbid he gets the job; Freddie Sanders is far better qualified for the job and has the proven character to back up his abilities, to put it nicely. I said I HOPE Roundtree's presence cut down on illegal activities on that corner and nearby, but not confident of it at all. I was afraid to look too close; too many accidents at that corner for anyone to be rubber-necking. One of the owners of that property was murdered not too long ago. Yang Han was also murdered a block away at the convenience store, several years back (unsolved murder). A young man was murdered on Golden Camp Road, yards from that location recently. I wouldn't stand on that corner holding a sign for love nor money, even hanging out the window of an armored car.

rebellious
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rebellious 10/04/12 - 01:26 am
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OMG

This thread is unbeleiveable!

rebellious
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rebellious 10/04/12 - 01:28 am
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Glass of

Milk, PB & J then off to rollin the old haysack.

The Truth 4m89
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The Truth 4m89 10/04/12 - 02:46 am
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@Rebellious

Well Rebellious one. Homes are burglarized everyday in Augusta and have been since I can remember. I lived in Apple valley for my entire life and all of these things and a lot more happen on a regular basis way before all of this crap hit the news because then all of a sudden the burglars (as you call them) go to Columbia county and west Augusta then all they want is to throw everyone in Jail and bring news and show what happen to their house.. Like anyone on my side of town gives a crap because at the end they file a police report, make a claim with their insurance company and get all there material stuff back (Because that's all the police is going to tell you).
The bottom line is your car gets stolen, you have insurance, and if someone beat my mother that's her problem! It may sound harsh but it's reality. However, the second YOU make a mistake and YOU'RE facing jail time then you're going to be the one begging for mercy and wishing you had another chance while your family suffers...But who thinks about that right!?!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 06:07 pm
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Man you'd think the dude was Elvis...

Actually a lot of candidates in Charleston campaign this way. A friend of mine was running for County Council and he got his daughter and they parked their convertible at the ramp to a bridge crossing a major river into Charleaton and he and his daughter just sat there and waved. Must have worked because he won.

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TuffGong 10/05/12 - 08:55 am
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Please do some research!!

I'm tired of seeing people posting about Freddie Sanders as this "lock them all up" type of Sheriff! Go listen to the man himself and you will see that is not his platform or mindset. Yes he's going to enforce the law like it's supposed to be enforced, but he's not all about throwing everyone in jail. He's even stated he doesn't want that, he's spoken about how much it cost to keep a person in jail, and we have over 1100 in our jail now (believe that's the number he said).

I'm a young voter, and I encourage all the young voters...black, white, latino, asian, etc....to listen to each candidate, check out their websites, their facebook pages, and research their history and qualifications and then make your decision. In my opinion you will see that Mr. Sanders is better suited for the Sheriff's position.

I also want to point out that Mr. Sanders is working just as hard to get voters, he's attending public events, hosting fundraiser events, speaking to the media consistently, and has pretty much begged Mr. Roundtree for a debate, so he can show the voters he's prepared and qualified to represent Richmond County in it's best interest.

Basically what I'm saying is quit listening to all the he say/she say mess, and go hear for yourself. I think you'll be impressed, and probably surprised...

My young vote goes to Mr. Sanders, and I know there's more who are voting the same. Get educated people!!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/05/12 - 03:42 pm
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Excellent Response Tuffgong

Excellent Response Tuffgong. Sometimes things that normally go without saying need to be said. You said it well.

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