Kennedy wins Lafayette coroner

OXFORD – Rocky Kennedy beat his predecessor and another challenge handily to win the Lafayette County coroner’s office for another year.
The office will be up for election again, for a complete four-year term, in November 2011.
Unofficial results gave Kennedy 5,903 votes, or 59 percent of the returns. Towing-company owner Richard Shivers netted 2,915 votes, while former coroner Lonnie Weaver garnered 1,166.
Kennedy, a funeral director and a former deputy coroner, was appointed a year ago after Weaver resigned from the post he’d held for 20 years. Weaver stepped down after pleading guilty to embezzlement. The $5,000 in question was not private funds but belonged to the Mississippi Coroners Association, of which Weaver was president.
Weaver’s case was nonadjudicated, meaning upon restitution and completion of a probation period, his record was expunged, meaning he was eligible to run again for office.
While Weaver had a low public profile in the race, Shivers and Kennedy were both active campaigners.
“I want to thank Richard for running a good race. He put in his work, and it’s clear he wanted the job,” Kennedy said Tuesday night. “When the people voted, the job that’s been done speaks for itself.”
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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