Deputy coroner and lifelong Forsyth County resident Paul Holbrook appears to have defeated Ted Paxton in the Tuesday, June 9, election for Forsyth County Coroner.
After 100% percent of the in-person votes were accounted for, Holbrook took the lead with more than 63% (8,658) of the votes compared to Paxton’s nearly 37% (5,051). Elections officials warned, however, that absentee ballots are still being counted, and officials may not know the final counts for a few days.
Who is he: After starting work in the funeral industry when he was only 16 years old, Holbrook graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and eventually earned degrees in forensic science, funeral service and criminal justice. He currently serves as deputy coroner in the county and as a director at the McDonald and Son Funeral Home. He has previously volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and serves as court-appointed special advocate with CASA of Forsyth County.
On the issues: Holbrook plans to take his years of experience and training into the Coroner’s Office, including his work done during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Holbrook said he also plans to keep a “high level of communication with the Northside Hospital Forsyth administration.”
What’s next: Holbrook will likely serve as the next Forsyth County Coroner, replacing Lauren McDonald, who is seeking the District 26 state House seat.