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November 1, 2012

Incumbents look to hold seats in Floyd treasurer, recorder and coroner races

Six candidates vying for three positions on Tuesday


FLOYD COUNTY — Floyd County Coroner

Knable, age 49, said she has a unique combination of experience, training and education.

“I am seeking my second term in office because I want families to know I genuinely care when they lose a loved one,” she said.

In addition to investigating suspicious or unexpected deaths, Knable believes a coroner should be a public servant who assists grieving families.

“If re-elected, I want to assure our community that I will continue to conduct my investigations with professionalism, while treating family members with dignity, respect and compassion,” she said.

Sonne, is a physician who has been elected Chief of Surgery at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services four times.

Now semi-retired, Sonne said he finally has time to give back to the community he was raised in.

“Besides [working] years as a trauma surgeon dealing with families after traumatic events, I taught anatomy to medical students attending numerous autopsies and years of working with the courts and law enforcement,” he said.

He added that he has experience working with the court system and police, and would therefore be qualified to serve in the “law enforcement fraternity” as coroner.

Knable said she’s a Certified Medical Legal Death Investigator and a Certified Grief Counselor, which gives her the training and qualifications needed for the job.

Floyd County Treasurer

Berger, age 72, is finishing her first term as treasurer, and she also held the position of Floyd County Recorder for eight years.

If re-elected, she said she will explore “even more options to make the office more user friendly, including e-billing for those who choose to participate.”

“I have experience and have worked with other officials to make the county more accessible to the taxpayer,” Berger said. “I have shown that I can work within my budget, offer courteous and efficient service to the customers, and increase revenue for the county.”

Evans, age 67, began her career in 1978 as Family Services Coordinator for Floyd County Head Start, and has held a variety of positions with the state since 1987. She is seeking her first elected position.

“I am running for this office because I think it is time to have some new, updated ideas in the treasurer’s office,” Evans said. “The most important issue for me, in this campaign, is the updating of the computer system and ensuring the treasurer’s office and staff take on a new, professional look and attitude.”

She added the race shouldn’t be about political affiliation, but rather the candidate who will make the best treasurer for Floyd County.

Berger said she has improved the taxpaying process for Floyd County residents over the past four years.

“It is also important to increase service without increasing spending,” she said. “I have realized this step by cutting a full-time employee and hiring a part-time only when we are very busy.”

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