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Seven candidates vie for Lexington Co. Coroner in special election

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A lot of names are running for the position of Lexington County Coroner.

With those names come a lot of slogans and a lot of campaign promises. In the back of the Lexington County Election offices, the staff is gearing up the voting machines and preparing ballot boxes before moving the machines to their respective precincts for Monday's special election.

"Lot of reason for people to vote in the coroner's race because you have a lot of people running in there," Director of Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections Dean Crepes said. "Hopefully, by Tuesday, we'll have thins thing settled."

Frank Barron, Clay Burkett, Margaret Fisher, Jay Phillips, Andrew Richbourg, Brian Setree, and Jason Willoughby all make up the packed ticket and they all want the title left open when Harry Harman died in April. Harman was the county's coroner since 1977.

Every candidate is running on the Republican ticket.

"There are no Democrats running," Crepes said, "but anyone can vote in the coroner's race if they want to."

The job of coroner isn't exactly a partisan position. In fact, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said his main responsibilities are helping to determine cause of death, gathering evidence for investigators, protecting victim's property, and issuing death certificates.

But being coroner also has some serious requirements such as job experience and professional degrees that each candidate must possess.

As far as running on a certain party ticket, Watts said being a Democrat or Republican doesn't affect how a coroner does his job. However, he said he believes electing the coroner is necessary. That way, the candidates will answer to the people they serve.

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