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Two candidates more than qualified to fill Lexington County Coroner seat

Margaret Fisher and Brian Setree Margaret Fisher and Brian Setree

From a field of seven, only two candidates remain to fill the seat as Lexington County Coroner.

Margaret Fisher is a Richland County sheriff's deputy with a nursing degree who lives in Lexington.

"I want to work with the men and women of the coroner's office," Fisher said. "I won't want to be just part of the office. I don't want to sit behind a desk."

Fisher's opponent, Brian Setree is also a former law enforcement officer and former deputy chief coroner in Lexington County who is now working as a private investigator.

"The coroner's office does have an obligation to influence and educate," Setree said.

For both candidates, the biggest challenge is the fact that whoever wins will have to fill a seat which was occupied by Harry Harman for over 30 years.

Harman died earlier this year which lead to a special election.

"I can tell you that's some big shoes to fill," Setree said.

Fisher said it would be an amazing opportunity to be in the position where she could carry on his legacy of compassion.

The coroner's office is unique when it comes to elected positions, it requires years of experience before you can run for the job or a comparable degree which qualifies you to do the coroner's duties.

And in this race both candidates have law enforcement experience.

Setree also has experience working under Harman, working as his chief deputy coroner.

And Fisher has degrees in both criminal justice and nursing.

"You understand medical terms, you understand medical issues, you understand the human body," Fisher said.

Both candidates have canvassed across Lexington County to get the votes and on Tuesday one of them will have them.

Every candidate that's running for the coroner's office is on the Republican ticket so whoever wins this race is not facing opposition in November.

Voters will head to the polls July 15.

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