First on 12: Sheriff Strength endorses Peebles in Democratic Richmond Co. runoff

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sheriff Ronnie Strength announced his support for Cpt. Scott Peebles in the upcoming runoff on Wednesday afternoon.

The statement from Strength came in Wednesday afternoon:
"Several months back I made the decision not to endorse any candidate for the Office of Sheriff in the primary election.

I had close ties to three candidates in the election and did not think it fair to take a position.

I stated that I would endorse someone after the primary in July.

Today, I announce that I am endorsing Scott Peebles in the Democratic Party run off for Sheriff against Richard Roundtree."

On Tuesday night, Peebles won 47% of the vote, while Richard Roundtree captured 39% on the Democratic ballot. The two are headed into a runoff on Aug. 21.

Freddie Sanders won the Republican nomination with 76 percent of the vote.

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