Todd McAteer announces his candidacy for Ouachita County Coroner in the May 2018 Democratic primary. McAteer pledges to “serve the citizens of Ouachita County with the utmost respect, care, and professional service.” “I promise to work in full cooperation with all local/state law enforcement, fire departments, hospice agencies and other healthcare professionals. As your coroner, I will arrive at the scene and handle each investigation in a professional and timely manner. I will also keep accurate records on all death cases. I promise to work diligently to have death certificates filled out accurately and returned to the funeral home in a timely manner. I will stay up-to-date with required training and continuing education needed to serve as coroner.”McAteer, born and raised in Ouachita County. He is a licensed funeral director in the state of Arkansas, and has been employed in the funeral industry for more than 20 years. Todd started his career in the funeral service with Proctor Funeral Home in 1997 and served until 2006. He then worked for Roller-Cox Funeral Home in Clarksville, AR, until he returned to Proctor Funeral home in January of 2014, where he is currently employed. McAteer has served as Deputy Coroner in Ouachita County under the leadership of the late Sam McCord; one term as Coroner in Johnson County; two terms as Ouachita County Justice of the Peace District 10 and served on the Camden City Council. McAteer is the son of the late Cloys and Cathy McAteer. Todd has been married to Cathy Thomasson McAteer for 21 years; they have two daughters Katelynn Elizabeth, age 19 and Kinley Grace, age 14; Katelynn is a freshman at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR; Kinley is in the eighth grade at Camden Fairview Middle School. McAteer’s family are active members at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Camden, AR, where McAteer serves as a deacon, and assistant treasurer. Todd’s wife Cathy, is a nurse for Ouachita County Medical Center Hospice in Camden, Arkansas. McAteer says, “he feels that his calling in life is to help people during difficult times.” The desire to help people deal with the loss of their loved ones began in his early teens, when he attended the funeral of a close family friend. He was shown how compassionate and helpful the funeral staff was during the time of loss. McAteer said, “In my years of working in the funeral home, I have always tried to put myself in the place of the deceased’s family; I have been on that side of death and know that it is a very hard time.” As your coroner, I will treat each case as if it were my family member. I believe that my deep-rooted desire to help others, previous experience in funeral service, and city/county government, my honesty, and my strong belief in family values will help me to fulfill the duties of being your Ouachita County Coroner. I will represent you the citizens of Ouachita County with integrity, compassion, respect and honesty.” I humbly ask for your vote in the May 2018 Democratic Primary.