Annette Cannon, candidate for Coroner

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Party: Democrat

City: Westminster

Profession: Registered Nurse

Campaign Website: www.CannonForJeffCoCoroner.com

What makes you the best choice for this office??

I have an extensive medical background and education, many years of experience, along with a proven track record of high-level ethics, professionalism, compassion and dedication, which makes me the right choice for this position. I understand the duties and importance of this job and I am mindful to the needs of those it serves.  Levels of accountability and responsibility come with this office and I’m prepared and ready to serve the residents of Jefferson County.

What must an effective coroner do?

An effective Coroner must be committed to providing the county residents the most professional and factual death investigations by adhering to Colorado State laws and maintaining continued education per the Colorado Coroners Standards and Training Board. The Coroner must be an effective leader by nurturing the strengths and talents of their team, communicating effectively and be committed to common goals. An effective Coroner must have compassion, yet be able to make the critical, responsible decisions.

What will be your top priority if elected?

Public safety is my top priority and is a huge net that covers accidents, crime, juveniles, suicide, drug related deaths, services provided and violence rates. In general, these issues are directly related to reducing the number of deaths and should be brought to the forefront. Public safety is a priority within our families, community and county, and it requires a comprehensive effort from many departments and persons. Our sustainability requires that we address these issues.

How is the opioid epidemic affecting the coroner's position?

The opioid epidemic is having a profound effect on the Coroners position, due to the increase in the number of related deaths from opioid use disorder and overdose. The rates have increased significantly in Jefferson County.  Because the office investigates and performs the autopsies, this creates an overloaded system for required personnel, workloads, increased court cases and the budget funding. It’s important to address issues and identify solutions that are tied to the entire system.

What else should voters know about you?

I will be a strong voice and advocate for all decedents through dignity, respect and equality. I will provide empathy, compassion, and education for loved ones in their time of need and be accessible. I will promote the things that matter to us all throughout our entire community. Being your Coroner for Jefferson County and serving you will be my greatest honor.  I thank you for your continued support and for being in my corner!

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