Dougherty County Coroner Emma C. Quimbley announced Tuesday her intention to run for a third term in office during the county’s July election.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County Coroner Emma B. Quimbley annouced Tuesday she wants voters to elect her to another term.
"It is my intention to seek re-election so that I may continue to serve as your coroner for the next four years," Quimbley said Tuesday in her office in the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building.
"I am proudly seeking re-election as your coroner, and I thank you in advance for your continued support."
Support to grieving families is probably the toughest part of her job, Quimbley said.
"The worst thing I have to do is tell a mother she can't have her child anymore," the two-term coroner said. "I'm a mother and a grandmother. I have compassion and love for victims."
Quimbley said she also has the experience to do a good job. If elected for the next four years, it would be her third term in office.
"We know what we are doing in my office," she said. "Partnerships have been formed with agencies and groups. While law enforcement agencies seek to solve those deaths, which are labeled homicides, we provide compassion and empathy to bereaved families."
Although signing death certificates and consoling victims' relatives is part of her job, Quimbley said she also believes her calling is to prevent youths from slipping into a violent life. She also counsels youths against "babies having babies."
Quimbley added that without home training in taking on adult responsibilities, many fall into the pregnancy trap. The problems that lead youths to violent ends attach to their having to go into survival mode at an early age. Having babies while still children themselves forces mothers to look for other ways to feed and clothe their families.
Fathers who are still not ready for the responsibility often abandon their new family, the coroner said.
Quimbley said she works with organizations such as "Stop the Violence" and First Monumental Baptist Church to strengthen families. Although she admits there is no easy fix, she said she continues to believe she can make a difference in youthful lives -- she wants to build character in youths before she has to deal with them as coroner.