DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Three Republican candidates are hoping to become the next Dorchester County coroner, succeeding Chris Nisbet who resigned after his indictment for misconduct in office.
All three have law enforcement backgrounds.
Paul Brouthers was a longtime state highway patrolman.
"All those years I was on the highway patrol, 18 years of which was in Dorchester county, the people took very good care of me," Brouthers said Thursday.
Candidate Mike Giglio is a deputy with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.
"This is the most vital job within the county," Giglio said.
Wayne Reeves is a former highway patrolman and detention officer.
"The coroner's job is more than about death, it's about the living," Reeves said.
After his retirement from the Highway Patrol, Brouthers became a licensed funeral director.
He says that experience will help him as coroner.
"Not to mention the fact that I deal with their families as well, help them get through the process of grieving and make their final plans for their loved ones."
Giglio says his experience as a licensed paramedic will be a plus for him as coroner.
"I feel it's just as important to understand how someone lived to help determine how they died."
Reeves, now a full time minister, says as coroner he will have the ability to counsel families.
"I feel I have the knack to help the families through the time of hurt and sorrow, time of loss."
Brouthers says if elected, he wants to add a fourth deputy coroner, preferably a minority.
Giglio says he wants coroners to eventually be board certified.
Reeves says if elected he will not make any immediate changes, but wants a solid team.
We will find out Tuesday which man does the best job getting his message to the voter. The winner of Tuesday's primary election will face democrat Randy Brown in November.