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Candidate bios: Coroner

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Name:  Brett Donner

Campaign Website/Facebook Page:  ReelectBrettDonner  (Facebook)

Education:  Oldham County High School, The Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, Master Coroner Kentucky Coroners Association

Relative experience / community involvement:  Served 21 years as Oldham County Coroner, five years transporting coroner cases and evidence for the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Regional Child Fatality Task Force Chairperson, I serve as part of the training for the Oldham County Citizen’s Police Academy, I also provide continuing education training for Paramedics a four-hour module on “Death and Dying.”  I am available to speak at fire departments for training, I have also served as an Autopsy Technician for the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office.

 

Why are you the best candidate?  My extensive experience, education and my dedication serving our community.

Top issue in your race?

My opponents lack of any experience, qualification or any previous community service, verses my exemplary record.

Name: J Buford Cobb, III

Office Sought: Oldham County Coroner

Campaign website/facebook page: www.facebook.com/BCobb4OCCoroner

Campaignphonenumber: 502-235-9996

Education: Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Georgetown College and an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science as a funeral director and embalmer from Mid-America College of Funeral Service.

Relevant experience/community involvement:

I have been a funeral director and embalmer in Oldham County for the past 11 years. My family business, Stoess Funeral Home has been a part of Oldham County for over 130 years. I have a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Georgetown College and an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science as a funeral director and embalmer from Mid-America College of Funeral Service. I taught funeral service law, business law, mortuary administration and computers at Mid- America College.

My wife and I have lived in Oldham County for 26 years. We raised our three daughters in Oldham County, where they attended Oldham County public schools. I am a member of DeHaven Baptist Church, various civic and community organizations and have devoted many hours to helping improve our schools through South Oldham High School Band Boosters and other OC school projects. Oldham County is my home. As Coroner I will use my diverse background in funeral service, business, insurance and computers to support the families of this community and bring a broader perspective to administer the duties of the Coroner’s office.

Why are you the best selection for the office you seek (limit 200 words)?

I have been a funeral director and embalmer in Oldham County for the past 11 years. My family business, Stoess Funeral Home has been a part of this community for over 130 years. My wife and I have lived here for 26 years, we raised our daughters here, go to church here, work here and am active in civic and community organizations. Oldham County is our home. We have a long-term commitment to the good of this community.

I believe it’s time for some improvements in the Oldham County Coroner office. I pledge to bring a new level of professionalism to the Coroner’s office. I live and work in Oldham County, and my assistants will also live and work in the county. When I’m elected, the Coroner’s office will become a community resource. I’ll work with local, county and state agencies to develop programs on drugs, alcohol, and other community based-issues. I will update the current Coroner’s old-style paper processes to the required Kentucky Electronic Death Reporting System, bringing the office into compliance with state law. Things have changed in 20 years since the incumbent took office. It’s time for the Coroner’s office to catch up and make improvements.

What is the top issue in your race (limit 200 words)?

The Coroner’s office is an important part of any county. The way death investigations are handled is vital to the welfare of any community. While the incumbent has carried out his duties during his 21 year tenure, he and his assistants have become complacent in their work. Families I have served at Stoess Funeral Home tell me of waiting for hours for the coroner to arrive, not to mention that police must stay on the scene. They tell me that the coroner on the scene did not identify themselves. The current coroner works full time in Jefferson County and one of his assistant’s lives in Jefferson County.

When elected, my assistants and I will live and work in the county allowing for faster response times. We will carry business cards to hand out to family members and wear jackets identifying us as Coroner. I will update the current county death reporting system to be in compliance with state law and will help make the office a community resource.

It’s time for improvements. When elected, I will make those improvements and continue to support the community and its families. I am asking for your vote on May 20th, 2014!