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Chief deputy coroner Paul Holbrook announces campaign for coroner
Paul Holbrook
Paul Holbrook

A third candidate has come forward for the 2020 coroner’s race.

Paul Holbrook, chief deputy coroner and a funeral director with McDonald and Son Funeral Home, announced his campaign for the seat this week.

“I’ve had the opportunity to serve as deputy coroner for three-and-a-half years,” Holbrook said. “I love helping the families through that time of need. They need someone that they can count on as far as finding answers for their loved ones.”

Holbrook said he is a lifelong resident of Forsyth County and his family has lived in the county for about 100 years.

He first started working in the funeral industry at age 16, is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, has received training required by the Georgia Coroner’s Association and has degrees in forensic science, funeral service and criminal justice.

“With my education and training and actually serving as a deputy coroner, I feel with the experience I’m well qualified to do the job.”

When asked about other candidates for the seat saying they are not tied to any funeral home, which they said means they would not guide families of the deceased to their own business, Holbrook said most families he works with already have a funeral home picked and it is typically members of the sheriff’s office that ask families which funeral home they want their loved one to go to.

“The three-and-a-half years I’ve been coroner, I’ve never had any negative feedback from any families whatsoever being pressured into using a certain funeral home because of the current coroner or me serving as a deputy coroner working for the funeral home,” Holbrook said.

Holbrook has been married to his wife, Tracy, a Cumming Police Officer, for 23 years. He serves as a court appointed special advocate with CASA of Forsyth County and has volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

He is the third candidate to announce his campaign, along with former Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton and Gary Coffey, a funeral director with Darby Funeral Home in Canton, after Coroner Lauren McDonald, who has held the seat since 2017, recently announced he will be seeking the District 26 state House seat in 2020.