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View Poll Results: Does anyone care??
Democratic Coroner 1 10.00%
Republican Coroner 2 20.00%
Who really gives a crap? 7 70.00%
Voters: 10. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-28-2008, 04:27 PM
 
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I've been noticing a lot of campaign signs for the coroner of York County. I never even knew it was a political position! Does anyone....I mean ANYONE even care who the coroner is???? Does a coroner have political pull??? What's the difference between a Democratic or a Republican Coroner??
Is there a Coroner debate??? What the heck is this all about. This is one of the most ridiculous things I've seen in politics.


I'll vote for Quincy!!!
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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I've been noticing a lot of campaign signs for the coroner of York County. I never even knew it was a political position! Does anyone....I mean ANYONE even care who the coroner is???? Does a coroner have political pull??? What's the difference between a Democratic or a Republican Coroner??
Is there a Coroner debate??? What the heck is this all about. This is one of the most ridiculous things I've seen in politics.


I'll vote for Quincy!!!
I'm not sure why it's a political office, but around here it may draw some interest because the past coroner has had some "legal issues"....
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Tega Cay
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I've wondered the same thing! There's coroner bumper stickers, signs all over the place.. At the Baxter Block party, one of them had a van all painted up right in the middle of it. And the slogan... "A fresh new start".. for a coroner? Really? Maybe it's just me, but even the names "Skidmore" and "Gast" ... The whole thing is just surreal And I agree, what *is* the difference between a Republican and Democrat coroner?

<insert death tax joke here>

I'm sure there's a big back story, and I'm sure there's lots of drama and history, but I've got plenty of other things competing for what few free brain cycles I have left these days. Honestly, I'm just holding my breath until the whole election circus is over.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:02 PM
 
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The coroner is actually a pretty important office if ever one of your family members winds up dead. They are not medical examiners but they are involved in the investigation of deaths of many kinds. A half-ass coroner may not order further investigation when it is merited.

S.C. Code of Laws Title 17 Chapter 5 Coroners And Medical Examiners - www.scstatehouse.net-LPITS
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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I recently moved to the Upstate (from NC) and have been interested to see a LOT of signs for a coroner candidate running in whatever county Chesnee is in. I knew it was elected office in some places, but was not aware that people actually campaigned for it.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Tega Cay
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The coroner is actually a pretty important office if ever one of your family members winds up dead. They are not medical examiners but they are involved in the investigation of deaths of many kinds. A half-ass coroner may not order further investigation when it is merited.

S.C. Code of Laws Title 17 Chapter 5 Coroners And Medical Examiners - www.scstatehouse.net-LPITS
I agree.. that's what makes the whole thing so odd.

From that PDF in your earlier post:

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Pretty good slide show
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/stl/June%20Forensics%20Hanzlick.pdf (broken link) - Look on slide 15

It looks like South Carolina doesn't even require that the coroner has formal training. So making it a political office without any formal training requirements pretty much sets the stage for it to be filled by someone who is "half-ass", doesn't it?

Sure, as part of the vote you're supposed to look at the person's qualifications - but (especially) in a presidential election cycle, the majority of people aren't going to take the time to do the homework. They're just going to vote Democrat or Republican down the line. Which, I suppose, is why the coroners choose their party affiliations, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with their job. Cue the yard signs, bumper stickers, painted vans parked in strategic places, and it's just another political campaign. But in my opinion it's too important of a job to be chosen this way without regard for qualifications.

I'm sure there are good, qualified coroners in the state, but I'm just saying...
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I've been trying to find out more information on the candidates myself but haven't had much luck. Other than someone having formal training for the job even though it is not required, what would make someone a good coroner? Does anyone know anything about the candidates?
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:01 AM
 
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Apparently, or at least what a neighbor told me when I asked why she cared one of the canidates has a medical backround and the county would not have to call in a medical expert thus it would save money. I am not sure if I buy into that thought process or not.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:41 AM
 
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The other argument is that the other candiate has an "investigative" background, but I think he is a private detective.

Actually I would like to see a good law enforcement officer take the post. I am impressed how well, stone-faced, some of them can read people.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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I made the following recommendation on another subject recently ... when you want more information on York County issues, check the WRHI "Straight Talk" program archives for podcasts:

Schedule & Archive | WRHI 1340 - Talk Radio (http://www.wrhi.com/content/schedule-archive - broken link)

At the above link, you'll find 1/2 hour interviews with both candidates for the County Coroner job ... listen as you're doing something on your computer, or load them on an iPod.

Also look over the information each candidate provides on their website:

Sabrina Gast for Coroner York County SC

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With regards to party affiliations, I presume candidates align themselves with one party or another for both personal and practical reasons. I believe, in some states, it is easier to get on the ballot with a party endorsement. It may also make it easier to operate the coroner's office if you belong to the same party as the sheriff, the local judge, the solicitor and the county council.

>> ... one of the canidates has a medical backround and the county would not have to call in a medical expert thus it would save money.

That would not be entirely correct. An "expert" may be needed to actually determine a cause of death, and / or to provide testimony about the cause of death in a court proceding.

Sabrina Gast states on her website that she has qualified locally to provide expert testimony in three areas of the entire medical field ... but, that may be three more areas than her opponent. I might consider her 2 years as acting coroner a stronger reason to consider electing her.
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