Much will be made of the 2012 Democratic primary for sheriff in the wake of Robbie Silas’ dismal showing.
Scott Peebles ended election night with 46.63 percent of the vote to Richard Roundtree’s 39.34 percent. Throw Silas’ 8.57 percent over to Peebles, and you have yourself an outright winner.
There’s a little more to it than that, obviously, but the fact of the matter is, the race played out the way it was predicted — Silas proved to be nothing but a spoiler, spoiling Peebles’ chance of winning in one, spoiling his brother-in-law’s relationship with members of the community and spoiling his own reputation as a nice guy, since a nice guy generally doesn’t have an ego that would allow his own desire to “give ‘er a shot” impact so many lives so negatively.
With Strength’s endorsement undoubtedly forthcoming, Peebles will likely overcome the setback and win the runoff, and Strength’s charm will undoubtedly smooth out any wrinkles he might have with the people around him. What won’t be so easily overcome, however, is the damage the race has done within the Sheriff’s Department. Those wounds will take much longer to heal, and those could have been easily avoided by a graceful step to the side.
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