Runoff coming for Union County coroner

Election StockBy Lynn West

New Albany News-Exchange

Pam Browning Boman and Rob Anderson will face each other in a runoff election Nov. 26 to see who wins the Union County coroner’s post.

In unofficial results Tuesday, Boman received 22.4 percent of the vote compared to Anderson’s 17.51 percent. The runoff is necessary because no candidate got more than 50 percent of the total vote.

Anderson has been serving as deputy coroner and Boman has worked in emergency medical services at the Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Of the 13 candidates vying for the post, only two other received substantial votes: Toby Hill and Lee Waldrop. Turnout was low as expected, with only 23 percent of registered voters participating.

The election was being held to fill the unexpired term of former medical examiner-investigator Mark Golding, who pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining payment for investigations he did not perform and is serving his sentence. The post requires only a basic education to hold, although an elected medical examiner must take and pass a training course offered by the state.

Two other candidates were elected Tuesday, even though they were not on any of the ballots.

Barbara Ann Reed is the new election commissioner from the Third Supervisor’s District, and Daphnia McMillen is the new county school board trustee representing the Fourth County School District.

Because each was unopposed in the special election, the secretary of state ruled that they would not be required to appear on the ballot.

Both were appointed to their respective posts on an interim basis at the first of this year.

Supervisors appointed Reed because the District Three winner in the past November election, Rank Boyte, resigned for personal reasons immediately after winning. Supervisors accepted his resignation and then appointed Reed, who is Boyte’s daughter.

At about the same time as Reed’s appointment, Union County school trustees appointed McMillen as interim District Four school board member. She filled the slot left vacant by Robert Hogue, who ran unopposed for the office but could not serve because his wife is a teacher in the school system.

Reed and McMillen, plus the winner of the Nov. 26 runoff, will serve the approximately three years remaining in the terms.