Mon., November 5, 2012 9:00am (EST)

Richmond Co. Could Elect 1st Black Sheriff
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
A victory Tuesday for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history. Mallory Millender, a retired Paine College professor and local political observer, says electing Roundtree would be significant because of a historically strained relationship between law enforcement and Augusta's black community. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Davidson via Flickr.)
A victory Tuesday for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history. Mallory Millender, a retired Paine College professor and local political observer, says electing Roundtree would be significant because of a historically strained relationship between law enforcement and Augusta's black community. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Davidson via Flickr.)
Voters in Augusta and surrounding Richmond County could make history this Election Day by electing the county's first black sheriff.

A victory for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history. Roundtree, a Democrat who now works as a schools public safety lieutenant, faces Republican Freddie Sanders at the polls Tuesday.

The winner will replace longtime Sheriff Ronnie Strength, who is retiring from office.

Mallory Millender, a retired Paine College professor and local political observer, says electing Roundtree would be significant because of a historically strained relationship between law enforcement and Augusta's black community.