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Incumbent Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson this week announced his candidacy for re-election.
“My jobs is very rewarding being able to help citizens through what is often the worst day of their life,” Carson said.
This year marks Carson’s 12th year as coroner and 22nd year working in the Coroner’s Office. Prior to holding an elected seat, Carson served as Dr. John Simpson’s deputy coroner for 10 years.
While in office, Carson has earned his certification as a medicolegal death investigator in 2009 through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). He also sits on ABMDI’s Board of Directors and on their Advisory Council.
In 2021, Carson was able to get a grant for $40,000 through the National Institute of Justice to work on getting accreditation for the office through the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
Carson has over 1,500 hours in continuing education, often taking grant-funded classes, which are at no cost to the county.
Carson has been a certified emergency medical technician for 39 years, and a volunteer with Oconee Fire Rescue for 40 years.