Holcombe running for seventh term as Coroner

By Charles Warner cwarner@civitasmedia.com

March 29, 2014

UNION COUNTY — Union County Coroner William E. Holcombe says he is seeking a seventh term in office.

In an interview Thursday morning, Holcombe, said that, as he has since he first announced for the office in 1990, he will seek the Democratic nomination for Union County Coroner.

Holcombe pointed out that during his 24 years as coroner he has gained experience and extensive knowledge of the office, its duties and requirements.

“I feel that my background and experience provides me with the ability to facilitate medico-legal investigations,” Holcombe said. “Medico-legal is a term that describes many of the duties of the coroner.”

Holcombe added that during his time in office he has continually sought out opportunities to increase his knowledge of the office and the changes that have occurred over the last 24 years. In addition to working to add to his understanding of the office, he has also worked to ensure that he is sensitive to the needs of the families of the deceased in the cases he handles.

“I have attended many seminars, classes, and lectures to keep me abreast of investigative skills and death investigations while being sensitive to family members involved in a coroner’s case,” Holcombe said.

The performance of his duties often requires him to work with other agencies including law enforcement, and Holcombe thanked those organizations for the assistance they have provided him over the years.

“I appreciate the cooperation that I personally and the coroner’s office receive from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, South Carolina Highway Patrol, EMS, fire departments and first responders,” Holcombe said. “Their knowledge of their roles assists greatly in death investigations.”

Holcombe, a lifelong resident of Union, graduated from Wofford College with a BA in Finance and Economics. He is also a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Services.

Holcombe is the manager and vice president of Holcombe Funeral Home and Holcombe Cemeteries.

Holcombe is married and he and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. He is a member of the Union Rotary Club and he and his family are members of First Presbyterian Church.

The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held June 10. Filing for the primaries will close at noon on Sunday, March 30.

Anyone wanting to run one for one of the partisan offices on the primary ballot must bring their statement of intention of candidacy and party pledge form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at scvotes.org and at the Registrar’s Office.

In addition to the form, candidates must also bring their filing fee. The fees are also listed on the scvotes.org website.

For more information about filing to run for partisan office in the primaries and general election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.