By J. Lynn West
Pam Browning Boman and Rob Anderson will face each other in a run-off 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 run-off 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 run-off, will serve the approximately three years remaining in the terms.
Unofficial totals including absentee ballots:
Candidate Votes Percent
Rob Anderson 651 17.51%
Pam Browning Boman 833 22.4%
Pamela Steward Denham 309 8.3%
Lisa Taylor Galloway 210 5.7%
Toby Hill 501 13.5%
Wayne Martin 37 1.0%
April Roberts 116 3.12%
Stephen Robinson 25 0.7%
Janice Martin Upton 35 0.9%
Lee Waldrop 555 14.9%
Brenda Bain Whiteside 109 2.9%
Sherri Williams 301 8.1%
Jonde Files Zinzer 34 0.9%