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May 12, 2014

Former Harman aide enters race for Lexington County coroner

Brian Setree, a former aide to the late Harry Harman, on Monday became the third Republican vying to succeed his former boss as Lexington County coroner.

Brian Setree, a former aide to the late Harry Harman, on Monday became the third Republican vying to succeed his former boss as Lexington County coroner.

Setree, a former deputy coroner, entered the contest two days after two others jumped in.

It’s shaping up as a high-profile match for a post that oversees the investigation of the cause and manner of violent and unusual deaths. The primary election is July 1.

Setree, who lives near Lexington, said he would continue the office’s relationship with Lexington Medical Center as well as promote steps to reduce deaths caused by drunk drivers.

He is a private investigator after serving under Harman from 2008-11. Before that, he was a police officer and deputy for 17 years.

The race is developing after the April 18 death of Harman, who held the post 37 years.

Other Republicans in the race already are former Richland County coroner Frank Barron and former police office Clay Burkett.

Filing for the post ends May 23.

Veteran forensic scientist Earl Wells is serving on an interim basis until a successor takes office after the Nov. 4 election.

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