Nomination papers OK'd in Rock County coroner race
Terry L. Holder, 950 Nelson Ave., Milton, had 501 valid signatures on her nomination papers. At least 500 signatures are required to be on the ballot, according to the Rock County Clerk’s Office.
Keach, 1320 Elida St., Janesville, challenged the validity of the signatures that Holder collected. Holder responded to Keach’s challenge. The county clerk’s office then investigated the complaint.
Holder turned in 531 signatures, with 521 confirmed as valid. Of those, 20 were removed because two of the people had already signed Keach’s nomination papers, six had incomplete addresses and 12 had signed for a spouse.
Keach and Holder will face off in the Democratic primary Sept. 14. The winner will be unopposed in November.
Keach was appointed coroner in 2005. She was elected to the position in 2006.
Holder is an autopsy assistant and phlebotomist at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.
Rock County voters also will decide in a November referendum whether they want to continue electing a coroner or have the county appoint a medical examiner.
If voters prefer a medical examiner, the change would not be effective until 2014 because Keach or Holder will be elected to a four-year term.
The county board wouldn’t have to follow the referendum’s outcome because it will be advisory and not binding.