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Yeargan appears headed for re-election

Incumbent Randy Yeargan defeated Paul Brooks in the race for Chilton County Coroner on Tuesday, based on unofficial totals of 5,636 to 1,727.

Yeargan, 50, has served as coroner for more than six years. He was first appointed by Gov. Bob Riley in March 2004 to finish out the term of Ralph Vines, who had died just a month earlier.

Yeargan was elected as a Republican in 2006 and now looks to his second full term as coroner, as he will likely face no opposition in the General Election.

“I appreciate everyone’s support in past terms, and I appreciate everyone’s vote and support this time,” Yeargan said while watching the final results come in at the Chilton County Courthouse. “I look forward to serving Chilton County in the next four years.”

Yeargan’s background includes two years of medic school at UAB, and he is currently pursuing an R.N. degree at Jefferson State Community College. During his tenure in office, Chilton County’s first morgue facility was completed.

Brooks, a resident of Clanton, has ran as a Republican for coroner on two different occasions.

Freeman Ellison initially qualified to run as a Democrat this year but later withdrew his candidacy.