AUGUSTA, Ga. -- 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.