McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder announced Tuesday she will run for re-election in 2020.
Yoder was appointed to the role in 2014 before being elected to a four-year term in 2016.
“It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of McLean County for the past 5 years as coroner,” Yoder said in a statement. “I feel that I am the voice for those who no longer have a voice. I hope the people of McLean County have seen the passion I bring to this office and will allow me to continue to serve them as their Coroner.”
Before becoming coroner, Yoder worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery and emergency medicine for nearly a decade.
Yoder said she calls upon that medical experience when she reviews cases in McLean County.
“I try to learn from the tragedy that my office sees on a daily basis and work to educate the public about life and death issues,” Yoder said. “I feel that we can save lives if we learn from what has happened in the past.”
A press release announcing her candidacy states Yoder manages the coroner office’s annual budget of $600,000. It also states that Yoder secured additional funding sources through grants and donations including $10,000 for new autopsy beds, a $1,500 toxicology grant from the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System, and an X-ray machine that was donated by Advocate BroMenn.
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