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Letter: Not voting the party line for coroner

Not voting the party line for coroner

I recently moved to Vail and look forward to voting in the upcoming election. I must say, as a Democrat, I usually vote the party line, but I am making an exception this year. I have been following the coroner election, and after looking at both candidate websites, I am very impressed with Sue Franciose. I was surprised that the coroner position doesn't require a medical background. She obviously has one, as a medical professional for over 20 years. I was particularly interested and bothered by the whole organ/tissue donation topic, and certainly realize that this is a personal choice that doesn't work for everyone. I am a registered donor and certainly expect for my wishes to be honored upon my death. I was amazed when I saw the coroner debate and newspaper articles to follow when Sue Franciose stated that the current Eagle County Coroner didn't consider this to be part of her role, an hasn't participated in the program … ever!

I couldn't believe it, so I researched a bit directly with Donor Alliance. They directed me to the online annual report that showed a list of all the Colorado coroners that participate in the donation referral program. Eagle County was not listed. This is very disturbing to me. I personally know friends and family members that donated after their death. It was a comfort knowing that their death helped so many others. I also know many people that have benefitted from skin grafts, knee ligaments, and cornea transplants. I truly can't believe that the current coroner doesn't support this. Sue Franciose's website, http://www.suefranciose.com, shows how she worked directly with organ/tissue transplants for over 11 years. She obviously knows how the program works, supports it, and wants to make sure our wishes are fulfilled. I'm glad she is willing to speak and represent those that can't. Whether you are a registered donor or not, I urge you to respect those of us who are, regardless of your political party affiliation. Vote Sue Franciose.

Lola Thorng

Vail