Unofficial Results: Samuels-Cooper wins Coroner’s race

by | June 12, 2018 9:21 pm

Last Updated: June 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

With 26 of 26 precincts reporting, challenger LaNette Samuels-Cooper has 2,123 votes and incumbent Bucky Mocks has 1,597 votes.

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  1. Comment by Wow

    June 12, 2018 at 21:49

    I can’t even believe this. She isn’t even half qualified as she should have needed to be.. and has a horrible attitude. Waited on her and a few friends a week or so ago when I was at work and she is rude as crap. I had a feeling because of who she was she would win smh!

  2. Comment by Terrey Marsh

    June 12, 2018 at 22:01

    Disappointing, Clarendon…

  3. Comment by willis

    June 12, 2018 at 22:57

    Nice to know that people don’t whole your pass against you because I remember when her and I use to be on the ground looking for crack. It was a time in our pass when we was strung out and her mom’s has came and got us out of the crack house. Love you girl my hero stay strong

  4. Comment by Donna

    June 12, 2018 at 23:00

    This is exactly why these positions should not be partisan. Bucky Mock lost BECAUSE he was on the democratic ticket. This shouldn’t even be possible as she is no where near qualified to hold the office and should not have been on the ballot to begin with. Bucky Mock lost because he isn’t black. I am so shocked and disappointed in Clarendon County. I hope when your loved one passes away that you are able to get answers because Mickey Mouse is more qualified to be coroner than she is.

  5. Comment by Concerned citizen

    June 12, 2018 at 23:09

    How is someone who isn’t qualified able to even run ? The citizens deserve an answer …. help us get it manning times.

  6. Comment by Really sad Manning

    June 12, 2018 at 23:11

    Remember that time when Clarendon County had a spike in requested outside second opinions for a coroner on questions about a dead love one. No? Well wait and see it’s about to happen in the near future. Because Clarendon county elected someone based on color not on there qualifications . It’s literally like going to Burger King and asking a server to perform a heart operation on you

  7. Comment by Holy cow

    June 12, 2018 at 23:30

    This is very disappointing. I just don’t understand how someone so unqualified won this!! I hope Mr Mock plans on fighting this as far as he can!!

  8. Comment by Johnny

    June 12, 2018 at 23:35

    Resign Bucky. Apparently we don’t need a Coroner.

  9. Comment by Minnie Manning

    June 12, 2018 at 23:37

    Wow, the coroner’s race really brought out the true colors in a lot of you. In order to win elections one must Vote! God doesn’t like ugly! Why belittle someone based on your account of that person’s past behavior? Ask your selves if you feel the same way about Donald Trump’s past and present behavior.

    You want to swing the race card when it’s convenient for you! Race had nothing to do with this outcome. We voted! You seem to be racist coward! Hope you sleep well tonight! Anxiety is not good for the heart!

    Congratulations on your new position
    Mrs. Samnels -Cooper

  10. Comment by willis

    June 13, 2018 at 00:18

    To the public I remember when Hayes Samuels came to me crying because his sister forge his signature on funeral home checks and stole about 40’000 dollars. He refuse to press charges because he didn’t want the public to know. In his last and final days his sister couldn’t stand him. She used the sympathy of the public to win and election for a man she couldn’t stand. I feel that the most of you voted for her are uneducated and don’t know the meaning of qualifications.

  11. Comment by God’s Servant

    June 13, 2018 at 01:53

    MATTHEW 7:1-5 We don’t have A right to JUDGE LaNette Samuels-Cooper, only GOD has That RIGHT. The BIBLE Says we are to Forgive 70 TIMES 70 A DAY. It’s A SHAME to try and DRAGG her NAME in The MUD. If Bucky had WON NONE Of This would BE HAPPENING. The people of CLARENDON COUNTY has SPOKEN. Our PRESIDENT/COMMANDER IN CHIEF wasn’t QUALIFIED Either, you didn’t REACT like THIS. Why wait until now to bring out the RELATIONSHIP with Hayes Samuels and her. If it was ALSLEEP it SHOULD HAVE STAY ASLEEP, as you said Hayes Samuels didn’t EXPOSE It in his LIFETIME why did you WAIT UNTIL NOW TO Try and Bring SHAME To Her. Be VERY CAREFUL How you DIGG DITCHES, YOU JUST MIGHT FALL IN IT FIRST. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY SO. CONGRATULATIONS LANETTE SAMUELS-COOPER

  12. Comment by God’s Servant

    June 13, 2018 at 01:54

    MATTHEW 7:1-5 We don’t have A right to JUDGE LaNette Samuels-Cooper, only GOD has That RIGHT. The BIBLE Says we are to Forgive 70 TIMES 70 A DAY. It’s A SHAME to try and DRAGG her NAME in The MUD. If Bucky had WON NONE Of This would BE HAPPENING. The people of CLARENDON COUNTY has SPOKEN. Our PRESIDENT/COMMANDER IN CHIEF wasn’t QUALIFIED Either, you didn’t REACT like THIS. What wait until now to bring out the RELATIONSHIP with Hayes Samuels and her. If it was ALSLEEP it SHOULD HAVE STAY ASLEEP, as you said Hayes Samuels didn’t EXPOSE It in his LIFETIME why did you WAIT UNTIL NOW TO Try and Bring SHAME To Her. Be VERY CAREFUL How you DIGG DITCHES, YOU JUST MIGHT FALL IN IT FIRST. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY SO. CONGRATULATIONS LANETTE SAMUELS-COOPER

  13. Comment by King Family

    June 13, 2018 at 07:26

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  14. Comment by Sharon Thamez

    June 13, 2018 at 09:15

    Congratulations Mrs. Lynette Samuel’s!! It seems yall are BIG MAD, because yall chose to vote in the Republican Governors race and expected us to support your candidate, NOT!!! If, it meant that much to you then you should have pretend you were a Democrat for the day. You cant always have your cake and eat it too.

  15. Comment by Regenia

    June 13, 2018 at 09:34

    To these folk that are feeling some type of way about Mrs. LaNette winning the Coroner’s race, please seek Mental Health counseling. You all need it! I never seen folk so upset over an individual winning a race that we the people had to vote for. Why??? So what if she didn’t speak to you! So what IF her and her brother didn’t get along! We all had a past! And what makes it so bad, some of you are still living your past like Willis because you don’t know how to end that story and start a new one. The immaturity in grown folk has got to stop. We’re holding grudges for petty stuff and that petty stuff is what’s going to help end your life. Be happy! Let it go! Let’s uplift Mrs. LaNette and I pray that she will be the best coroner that she can be. Congratulations Mrs LaNette Samuels-Cooper!

  16. Comment by What an election!

    June 13, 2018 at 09:50

    Here’s a direct quote from Lynette Samuels-Cooper, our new Coroner!

    “I don’t know everything but I’m willing to LEARN THIS JOB as a progress. If you give me the opportunity, I will have an advisory board TO ASSIST ME. If you give me the opportunity, I will have people on staff, county council, doctors, nurses, anyone who can HELP ME. I don’t claim to know all things. But I do claim to have the capability for learning, the leadership ability and right to have this job. I want this job. I want your support. Please give me that opportunity,” said Samuels-Cooper. “I”M NOT A NURSE AND I DON’T HAVE A MEDICAL BACKGROUND, but I have common sense. I think in this office, you need common sense as well as your degree.”

    Do you people realize you just elected someone to be OUR Coroner who has ZERO idea of what they are doing??? Just unbelievable. Seriously, this is a loss for ALL of Clarendon County!

  17. Comment by What an election!

    June 13, 2018 at 09:59

    A local-government office is NO place to be learning as you go… I would gamble that next to 100% of you that voted for Lynette have NO idea of what all actually goes in to being Coroner…

    Congratulations, you literally voted for the most unqualified, ill-prepared candidate to be our new Coroner… Round of applause for you.

  18. Comment by Donna

    June 13, 2018 at 10:52

    Trump meets the qualifications to be US President
    Samuels-Cooper DOES NOT meet qualifications to be a Coroner in SC.
    For those who cannot do their own research or or just plain ignorant:

    Qualifications for the Office of President
    Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.A205, R214, S1014)

    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 17-5-130, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR CANDIDATES FOR CORONER, SO AS TO ELIMINATE TWO YEARS’ EXPERIENCE AS A LICENSED PRIVATE DETECTIVE AS A QUALIFICATION FOR THE BALLOT AND ADD AS QUALIFICATIONS BEING A MEDICAL DOCTOR OR HOLDING A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING, TO REPLACE ON THE CORONERS TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMITTEE SHALL DETERMINE THOSE FORENSIC SCIENCE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS THAT QUALIFY AS “RECOGNIZED” FOR PURPOSES OF THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED FOR CANDIDATES FOR CORONER.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

    Coroner qualifications

    SECTION 1. A. Section 17-5-130(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 222 of 2010, is further amended to read:

    “(A)(1) A coroner in this State shall have all of the following qualifications, the person shall:

    (a) be a citizen of the United States;

    (b) be a resident of the county in which the person seeks the office of coroner for at least one year before qualifying for the election to the office;

    (c) be a registered voter;

    (d) have attained the age of twenty-one years before the date of qualifying for election to the office;

    (e) have obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent by the State Department of Education; and

    (f) have not been convicted of a felony offense or an offense involving moral turpitude contrary to the laws of this State, another state, or the United States.

    (2) In addition to the requirements of subsection (A)(1), a coroner in this State shall have at least one of the following qualifications, the person shall:

    (a) have at least three years of experience in death investigation with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency;

    (b) have a two-year associate degree and two years of experience in death investigation with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency;

    (c) have a four-year baccalaureate degree and one year of experience in death investigation with a law enforcement agency, coroner, or medical examiner agency;

    (d) be a law enforcement officer, as defined by Section 23-23-10(E)(1), who is certified by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council with a minimum of two years of experience;

    (e) have completed a recognized forensic science degree or certification program or be enrolled in a recognized forensic science degree or certification program to be completed within one year of being elected to the office of coroner;

    (f) be a medical doctor; or

    (g) have a bachelor of science degree in nursing.”

    B. Section 17-5-130(G) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 222 of 2010, is further amended to read:

    “(G) The Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy shall appoint a Coroners Training Advisory Committee to assist in the determination of training requirements for coroners and deputy coroners and to determine those forensic science degree and certification programs that qualify as ‘recognized’ pursuant to the requirements of this section. The committee must consist of no fewer than five coroners and at least one physician trained in forensic pathology as recommended by the South Carolina Coroners Association. The members of the committee shall serve without compensation.”

    Time effective

    SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

    Ratified the 5th day of June, 2012.

    Approved the 11th day of June, 2012.

    __________

  19. Comment by How?

    June 13, 2018 at 11:08

    How can she be elected if she doesn’t even meet the “requirements” of the job? I don’t understand how she was even able to run??

  20. Comment by Heather

    June 13, 2018 at 12:42

    Had republicans been able to vote for coroner I can assure you Mock would have won. But maybe when y’all have questions about your loved one that passes and she don’t have the answers y’all will see exactly where y’all went wrong. God bless y’all

  21. Comment by Marilyn Bradley

    June 13, 2018 at 12:44

    It’s so sad reading half of these comments is so sad to see and realize that people true emotions come out when the person they want hasn’t been chosen.And majority of the one’s posting couldn’t run because they know they wouldn’t even meet the criteria this is definitely a crazy world.Then bringing up people past to try and stop what God allowed already the same ones judging her must forgot that they gonna be judged one day as well.Well to my cousin I’m glad you won and I wish you the best and I know you got this love you.

  22. Comment by Jennifer Brailsford

    June 13, 2018 at 12:49

    I bunch of racists as I can see Trump wasn’t qualified but guess what he’s our sorry excuse for a president…. That’s why I’m disgusted with these comments is crazy little old Manning still have a bunch of bigots and racists

  23. Comment by Happy citizen

    June 13, 2018 at 12:50

    Happy for outcome of this race!!! If it’s not who you all want then you jump to get mad and slander ppl name! Haters need to grow up!

  24. Comment by Wrong

    June 13, 2018 at 13:41

    WRONG, this has nothing to do with race. This has nothing to do with the Presidential election. Exclude ALL of that. I ask all of you, simply look at Bucky Mock’s long list of years of experience and look at all of his qualifications. Then look at Lynette’s….. For one single day, can we simply not bring up race and last names? For one SINGLE DAY??

    Look at their experience! If you look at their experience and qualifications, this election would have been unanimous across the entire county. SIMPLE! AS! THAT!

  25. Comment by Someone argue this....

    June 13, 2018 at 14:12

    Bucky Mock:
    20+ years Clarendon County Firefighter
    21 years Clarendon County Deputy Coroner
    21 years Death Investigator
    35 years Registered Nurse w/ Emergency Room & Forensics Training

    Lynette Samuels-Cooper:
    “I’m willing to learn the job as a process”….
    “I’m not a nurse and I don’t have a medical background”…

    Do the math people…

  26. Comment by Landis

    June 13, 2018 at 14:56

    Unfortunately the only math that counts now is 2123 > 1597! VOTES!

  27. Comment by FACTS

    June 13, 2018 at 15:09

    Unfortunately is right word. The worst thing about it is Clarendon County is the real loser… We now have an elected official who will have to hire other people to do her job for her.

  28. Comment by T.B

    June 13, 2018 at 15:34

    She won fair and square…Get over it!!!Don’t speak on Mr.Hayes Samuel because he’s not here to defend his self..If he did tell you that should’ve been left between the two of y’all..And so what I can’t stand my siblings sometimes but guess what??? That’s things we all go through..Doesn’t mean I love them any less…I can’t wait to see how she proves all of you negative people wrong…SMH CONGRATULATIONS MRS. LaNette prove them all wrong and make your brother proud!!!!! #SAMUELSTRONG

  29. Comment by Landis

    June 13, 2018 at 15:41

    Does anyone remember why the perfect Bucky Mock was fired from the Clarendon Memorial Hospital? I do, if you want the details let me know.

  30. Comment by Concerned for Clarendon

    June 13, 2018 at 15:52

    Our election process in Clarendon is a hot mess. I voted absentee and Ms. Samuels-Cooper’s campaign folks were in and out telling people in line to not forget to vote for her. It’s not about race with me. It’s about a fair process.

  31. Comment by TRINA

    June 13, 2018 at 17:15

    When it’s all said and done guess who still WON…. #Teamsamuels.. Congratulations… We got your back….. Y’all killing me with all this. Who knew Bucky before the election? I’ll wait…

  32. Comment by Margot Grantham

    June 13, 2018 at 18:05

    It is so unprofessional to display negative behaviors when things do not go our way. First, no one has ever gone into a position knowing their job duties, they were told their duties upon applying and accepting the position, therefore, we learn by experience. A degree does not qualify you as a professional. The election of Mrs. Samuels-Cooper is a new beginning therefore we should support her. If you have never sin, did someone wrong or hated on someone, then cast the first stone, for we have all sinned and fallen short. The race has been won; let us move on and not make her job difficult. When we died and our bodies return to dirt, that dirt is not black nor is it white, when our soul ascend to which it was originated, then again it is not black nor white; so my question to you is; does race matter. Praying to unity as one in Clarendon County.

  33. Comment by Margot Grantham

    June 13, 2018 at 18:07

    It is so unprofessional to display negative behaviors when things do not go our way. First, no one has ever gone into a position knowing their job duties, they were told their duties upon applying and accepting the position, therefore, we learn by experience. A degree does not qualify you as a professional. The election of Mrs. Samuels-Cooper is a new beginning therefore we should support her. If you have never sin, did someone wrong or hated on someone, then cast the first stone, for we have all sinned and fallen short. The race has been won; let us move on and not make her job difficult. When we died and our bodies return to dirt, that dirt is not black nor is it white, when our soul ascend to which it was originated, then again it is not black nor white; so my question to you is; does race matter. Praying for unity as one in Clarendon County.

  34. Comment by Concerned pastor

    June 13, 2018 at 19:29

    The fine people of this county have always prided themselves on a few things. Neighborly love, hard work and God. God has always been the tie that binds no matter who I’m talking to around here of any race. When you mention Jesus, the ice breaks. Reading the comments is a bit disheartening but it’s still nothing we can’t get through together. I’m a black man and have the utmost respect for Bucky but honestly the only reason I even know him is because he served as a firefighter with my father. For the most part, the black community doesn’t know who he is and that’s partly because of a lack of campaigning in our community. You have to make yourself available and visible and for the most part he was not and that’s not a knock to him, this experience was new to him and he’s just not the kind of person to run around giving speeches and kissing babies. People respond to what and who they know, whether the right decision was made, I’m not the judge of that but what I do know is that all things work together for the good of those that love our God and he’s the author and finisher of our faith. I trust him, I trust his decisions and I trust he’s working this out for the betterment of the entire county. Walk in love Clarendonites, we’re better than this.

  35. Comment by Racism... still present in Manning

    June 13, 2018 at 20:14

    People vote for who they want to. There are alot of unqualified people in positions in Clarendon County! If Lanette was more qualified than Bucky would you vote for her then? No, she is the wring color. Her parents didn’t segregate her during her school years as some of your parents did during your school years and you’re still segregating your children and grandchildren. If you want to win a public election, work on your public relations. How do you expect to get a vote if you can’t open your mouth or hold your hand to greet someone, regardless of your race. If i go to the store or resturant and feel unwelcomed or discriminated against, I leave. I show patronage to and give my vote to only those who deserve it.

    The older citizens in Manning of all races need to set an example for our future leaders of our community. Stop looking at color and lets take a look at ourselves. If we want to change Manning to be a community where everyone is welcome, then we need to sweep around our own backdoor first.

  36. Comment by Seriously??

    June 13, 2018 at 21:51

    You folks are absolutely blowing my mind. “No one has ever gone into a position knowing their job duties”??? What??? Are you kidding me??? “If Lynette was more qualified than Bucky would you vote for her then? No, she is the wrong color”!?!? Seriously!?!? Quit making every, single, thing, about, race…. You speak of what you have NO idea about. YES! I would have voted for Lynette, IF she was more qualified than Bucky.! Any LEVEL-HEADED citizen would vote for the more qualified candidate! It has absolutely nothing to do with her race! LET THAT GO! Bottom line, deep down, I’m sure all of you know that she’s not qualified, and Bucky is, but it’s YOU who voted for her anyway. You know good and well if you actually voted for the qualified candidate, who will do the best job, who won’t need to hire people to help them learn along the way, then it would have been a unanimous vote across the entire county for Mock.

  37. Comment by Ty Conyers

    June 13, 2018 at 22:25

    If being a president of a country is obviously an entry level job, surely this young lady can handle the title coroner of Clarendon County. Call a spade a spade.

  38. Comment by Tyrell

    June 14, 2018 at 01:18

    I’m not understanding why so many people are saying people didn’t vote for her because she is black. Quit making everything about race. If I’m not mistaking it don’t matter if we black or white we all bleed the same color blood. Instead of throwing around the race card and why can’t this county come together and except everyone for who they are not their color..

    OAN: I am a collage graduate, and pretty level headed and I can honestly say Mr. Mock deserves this job verses Mrs samuels. He is much more qualified and I think he would have done a outstanding job. I do hope Mrs samuels don’t let us citizens in clarendon county down. I hope she gets all the answers soon so when we do have to deal with her she can answer them with reasonable answers instead of having to call someone else before answering whatever me may need to know about a late-family member.

  39. Comment by Sherry

    June 14, 2018 at 01:31

    I hope she is more educated than most of you on here, because your English is very poor. This was not a fair compaign at all, but on a positive note…

    Good luck Mrs samuels! I hope you prove us all wrong.

  40. Comment by Rodney Stukes

    June 14, 2018 at 08:41

    The people(White & Black)have voted and Samuels won it by vote! So get out your personal feelings and deal with it! Overall she’s the best fit for the job plain and simple.

  41. Comment by Really?

    June 14, 2018 at 09:34

    Overall she’s the best fit for the job??? Bull. What experience or qualifications do you have to support that claim?? Besides her name.

  42. Comment by Integrity???

    June 14, 2018 at 16:15

    I AM NOT A RACIST. I am a white, intelligent, 48 year old woman! If Samuels-Cooper possessed Mocks experience and resume, I would have voted for her hands-down. If Mock had her resume and inexperience, he never would have gotten my vote. As it is, neither of them got my or half of Clarendon County’s vote, that is the real shame in this situation.

    I do believe that every local public servant who chooses to run for an elected position should be on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. If that would have happened, we never would be having this conversation. Not because white people would have automatically voted for Mock because of the lack of pigment in his skin, but because literally half of the population of Clarendon County wasn’t given the opportunity to have a voice.

    Those who are screaming that any opposition to Samuels-Cooper is because of RACISM are THE MOST RACIST of all. It is blatantly obvious that the ONLY logical reason that she was elected (or even allowed on the ballot, for that matter) is because she got the vote based on her skin pigmentation, not LEGAL requirements of qualifications.

    I have no doubt that if Mock was black and running against Samuel-Cooper, that he would have won. I have no doubt that had this position been non-partisan that he would have won. I definitely have no doubt that if Samuel-Cooper was white and on the Republican ticket, that he would have won. If you take skin color out of the equation and based your vote solely on qualifications and proven track record, she wouldn’t have, in good conscience, been able to even justify voting for herself.

    We have only been in Clarendon County for 6 years; prior to that we raised our family in rural Orangeburg County for 12 years. By far, Clarendon County is more racist and divided than Orangeburg ever was.

    So much for Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of being judged by character rather than the color of ones skin. Anyone with an ounce of character or integrity, white or black, would not be so undignified to be given a win due to racism than earning a win due to qualifications and true experience.

    Yes, the Democratic votes have been rendered. Congratulations citizens of Clarendon County….you just lost!!!

  43. Comment by ^^^^^^^^^^

    June 14, 2018 at 23:02

    Couldn’t agree with this statement more!!!!!

  44. Comment by Katrina Fulton

    June 14, 2018 at 23:40

    These comments are sad and funny!! Let that women be great!!!
    Congrats lanette!! One thing about it is small town people will bring up any and everything just to be seen!! But it’s not doing a thing but letting people know how hateful they are

  45. Comment by Rebecca Harvin

    June 15, 2018 at 09:33

    I’m not here to argue pro or con. But, what really bothers me is the fact that most of these people, on both sides, came here to voice their opinion but hide behind a first name or pseudonym. If you want to be heard, put your name on it!!! Only cowards hide behind a shield!

  46. Comment by Everett Holladay

    June 15, 2018 at 10:44

    What’s with all the crying? What’s with all the race baiting? Mrs. Samuels got more votes than Mock. Deal with it. Get Mock to change parties if he can’t compete as a damocrat.


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