Boman wins Union County coroner seat

Election StockBy Lynn West

New Albany News-Exchange

Pam Browning Boman will be the Union County Medical Examiner-Investigator for about the next three years.

Boman defeated deputy coroner Rob Anderson, getting 1,281 votes to Anderson’s 849 votes in Tuesday’s runoff election. Those totals include machine plus 121 absentee ballots, but not the four remaining affidavit ballots.

The two had been the top vote-getters from a field of 13 on the Nov. 4 ballot to replace Mark Golding. Golding resigned amid charges he received payment for death investigations he did not perform, later pleaded guilty to a criminal information and is serving his sentence.

Bad weather, plus its being a holiday week may have conspired to keep voter turnout low – something that is often the case anyway in a special election with only two candidates.

Only 23 percent of the registered voters participated in the Nov. 5 election; the runoff drew a much even smaller turnout of less than 13 percent.

Boman led the field of candidates in the Nov. 5 special election, receiving 22.5 percent, while Anderson was second with 17.5 percent.

Candidates who ran for coroner were Rob Anderson, Pam Browning Boman, Pamela Steward Denham, Lisa Taylor Galloway, Toby Hill, Wayne Martin, April Roberts, Stephen Robinson, Janice Martin Upton, Lee Waldrop, Brenda Bain Whiteside, Sherri Williams and Jonde Files Zinzer.