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A Grady County woman pursuing a degree in forensic science announced this week her plans to run for county coroner.
LaTasha Copeland, 41, told The Messenger this week she will qualify in March to seek election as the county’s coroner.
“I’d like to put my knowledge of crime scene investigation and my medical background to work. This is not something new to me. Also, through my social work and therapy I believe I can best handle dealing with families when deaths occur,” Copeland said.
The prospective coroner candidate is currently employed by the Heritage Foundation in Thomasville where she works as a family consultant. According to Copeland, she works, along with therapists, assisting patients dealing with anger management, grief management and more.
She has been employed with the Heritage Foundation for nearly two years.
Copeland is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from Albany State University. She says she should graduate in May 2021. According to her, she already earned an associate degree in criminal justice and political science. She is a 1996 graduate of Cairo High School.
Copeland, of 151 Blair Dr., is the daughter of Ann Copeland of Cairo. She is the mother of two girls and two boys and her youngest child is a senior at Cairo High School.
“I’ve always had an interest in criminal justice. I believe I can do a good job for the citizens of Grady County and I would appreciate your vote and support,” she said.
This would be Copeland’s first attempt to run for elected office, and she says she intends to qualify as a democrat.
Rusty Powe is the incumbent Grady County coroner.
Qualifying for county offices up for election begins Monday, March 2 and will conclude on Friday, March 6.