UNION COUNTY — Union businessman Scott Lewis says he is running for Union County Coroner.
Lewis, the owner of Lewis Funeral Home, said Thursday he is running as a Republican for the office, in part to give the people of Union County a choice in the November general election.
“No office should be unopposed,” Lewis said.
Lewis’ candidacy means that, for the first time since 1990, the coroner’s office will be contested in the general election.
A Union native, Lewis holds a BS in Biology from Winthrop University; a Mortuary Science Associate Degree from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science; and is currently enrolled in the graduate program at Winthrop where he is working towards a Masters in Biology.
Lewis said he feels his educational background and his experience operating a funeral home have prepared him to perform the duties of coroner. He said if elected he will use this knowledge and experience to make the coroner’s office more efficient and effective.
“We’re going to file documents appropriately in a timely manner,” Lewis said. “I’ll make sure the duties are divided equally between the deputy and the coroner.”
Lewis, who is making his first bid for public office, is married and he and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Averie and Laken. The Lewis family are members of Philippi Baptist Church.
Incumbent Coroner William E. Holcombe, a Democrat, is seeking his seventh term in office.
Both candidates are unopposed for their respective party’s nomination in the June 10 primary.
No other candidates for coroner are on the general election ballot.
The general election will be held Nov. 4.
Registering To Vote
Persons interested in voting in the June 10 primary must register to do so by May 10 while those wanting to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election must do so by Oct. 4.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said Thursday that persons who want to register to vote in the primary and/or the general election must be 18 before the date of the election.
Pettit said they may register at her office, located at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, Suite B, Union, or do so online at scvotes.org. She said they can also go online at scvotes.org and print out an application form, fill it out and either mail it in or bring it in to her office.
For more information about registering to vote contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.