2nd candidate emerges for county coroner

K.C. Hume filed for position Wednesday, will be running against Kirk McKey

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K.C. Hume

Moffat County now has a decision to make for its next coroner.

K.C. Hume, 42, is the latest candidate to declare intent to seek public office in November. He filed for the position Wednesday.

“My decision to file for coroner hinges around the fact that through my own research, my interaction with the coroner’s office, and some citizens’ input I receive from within Moffat County, I found there was definitely a need for an individual to step forward,” Hume said.

Hume, chief investigator for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and a battalion chief with Craig Fire/Rescue, is a Craig native. He has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and served with the fire department for 11 years.

Hume said he is qualified for the position based on his experiences working with coroner offices and handling death investigations as part of the Sheriff’s Office.

“I have over 15 years of investigative experience, which includes death investigations ranging from homicides to unidentified remains,” Hume said.

If elected, Hume said he would “treat the office with compassion.”

“The coroner is that individual that has the opportunity to speak for the person who is no longer able to,” Hume said. “It’s an impartial, unbiased office.”

This is his first time running for public office.

He will be running against Kirk McKey, of McKey Chiro­practic, who filed Monday. This also is McKey’s first time running for public office.

Both are seeking to replace current coroner Owen Grant, who is term limited.

Moffat County residents will vote on all but one county public office in November.

Every public office, save for a county commission seat, is up for election.

The coroner’s race now becomes the second county position with more than one candidate.

Elaine Sullivan, currently the county’s clerk and recorder, is running for treasurer against Mike Brinks, an accountant with Bonaker & Associates.

Other candidates for Nove­mber’s election are Peter Epp, who is seeking the county surveyor position; Lila Herod, who filed for clerk and recorder; Carol Scott, who filed for assessor; and Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is seeking re-election.

As of Thursday night, no one has filed for two open county commission seats.

The incumbents for those positions are Tom Mathers and Audrey Danner, who both are eligible for re-election.

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