Brown confirms departure from Coroner’s race

Decision apparently leaves Peters as sole candidate

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
In a late development in the local election, Scott Brown, the Democratic candidate for Hempstead County Coroner, confirmed Thursday that he has stepped out of the race.
Citing “time” as his main reason, Brown said a number of personal and business concerns from the past 12 months were requiring his full-time attention.
“A lot has been going on for me the past year, and as things have happened, I had to give something up,” Brown said Thursday.
Brown had long been a principal in the local operations of the former Herndon-Pharr funeral home, which has been one of Hope’s longest continuously running businesses, dating back to 1898.
Now called Herndon-Fuqua, the local funeral home was acquired in a buyout by Texarkana-based Fuqua Funeral Home back in October 2017, and over last summer, Brown has been extensively involved in building renovations, a grand-opening, and new inventories and services.
As he was meeting with the still-new ownership Thursday, Brown recalled, “We’ve gone through a total building renovation with a new showroom, new products and new owners. We are excited for the future of the business.”
With Brown’s departure from the race, David W. Peters, the Republican candidate, is apparently the only person left on the November 6 ballot for the Hempstead County Coroner.
Incumbent Coroner Ben Brazzel had already announced last summer that he was not seeking reelection.
As this report was going live on SWARK Today on Thursday afternoon, there was no word on whether a replacement candidate for Brown would be named by the local or state Democratic Party.

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