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Sheriff's candidates Roundtree, Sanders square off on "generational" ideas

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Less than a month away from the November 6th general election, and as things cool down in the CSRA, the races for office are heating up.

Candidates for every race in Richmond County spoke to a large crowd at the Committee for Good Government forum, including the two men hoping to be Richmond County's top cop, Democrat Richard Roundtree and Republican Freddie Sanders.

Sanders addressed his experience, on which he is basing his platform on.

"I've handled multi-million dollar budgets. I've handled the budget on the Richmond Co. Police Department," Sanders says. "I have been the chief of the police department."

But Roundtree says it's time for some new blood to move the Sheriff's Office towards the future. He says he's just the man for the job.

"[Sanders] was police chief, but that was back in the 1980's," Roundtree says. "Things have changed since then. For the last 20 years, I've been continuously involved in law enforcement. I've seen the new ideas. I see where things are working, where things aren't working."

Roundtree says Sanders, his friend, is a good man, but it's time for the Sheriff's Office to get in tune with the times he adds.

"It's a modern era of crime fighting. It's a modern era of policing," Roundtree notes. "I think it's a generational thing with Mr. Sanders and I and our philosophies in law enforcement."

But Sanders is calling his friend and opponent's words just hype for the media. He says he's just as ready to move the Sheriff's Office forward as anyone.

"I've tried to get him to show up and tell me what he's talking about," Sanders says. "I'll put my knowledge up against the state-of-the-art police techniques and police equipment up against him anytime he wants to show up."

It all comes down to the voters November 6th.

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