Bill Thrower keeps vote lead in coroner recount

A Monday recount of the Muscogee County coroner's race confirmed that Bill Thrower will remain in office.

The recount, requested by coroner candidate Ricky Weeks, changed the totals of the July 15 primary by one vote. The results certified by the election board had Thrower winning by 212 votes. The recount changed that number to a win by 211 — or 50.85 to 49.15 percent.

"It's very important to me to give my thanks to God, my family and all my staff and supporters," Thrower said. "I've not gone through this alone."

Thrower and Weeks both ran as Democrats. Thrower faces no Republican opposition in November, effectively making him coroner for another four years.

Thrower has been in the office for five years, either as a deputy coroner or the boss. He was appointed coroner in August 2007 by Probate Judge Julia Lumpkin when former Coroner James Dunnavant stepped down during the middle of his term.

Thrower said he intends to continue making the Coroner's Office more proactive instead of reactive. He wants to educate people about child deaths, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and what people can do to reduce the number of those deaths.

"I don't think it's been talked about enough," Thrower said.

Weeks, contacted after the recount, congratulated Thrower on his win.

"I've just got to sit down with my family and relax a bit," he said.