3 more jump into Lexington County coroner race

jmonk@thestate.comMay 19, 2014 

The number of Republicans seeking to be the next Lexington County coroner doubled to six on Monday.

Columbia police homicide detective Andrew Richbourg entered the race along with Margaret Fisher and Jason Willoughby.

All six are running in the July 1 GOP primary.

It will be the first time since 1976 that a new person will be chosen to be coroner. Former coroner Harry Harman, who died April 18, held the office 37 years. At the time of his death, he made a salary of $85,791.

The 34-year-old Richbourg, who lives in Gaston, has been a Columbia police officer since 2009. Before that, he worked as a Lexington County jail guard and in construction.

He said he is running for coroner because he has found he enjoys the challenges of homicide investigations and because it’s an opportunity to help people who are going through a trying time. “There’s no greater feeling when you can help somebody out like that.”

Fisher and Willoughby could not be reached for comment.

Others in the race are:

•  Brian Setree, a former aide to Harman and former deputy coroner, entered the contest two days after two others jumped in. He is now a private investigator.

•  Former Richland County coroner Frank Barron.

•  Former state transportation officer Clay Burkett.

So far, no Democrat has shown interest in the race.

Staff writer Tim Flach contributed to this story.

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