We continue our series on profiling candidates in the contested local races in Knox County.

The coroner’s race is on the ballot this term.

A coroner in Indiana is responsible for investigating and establishing the cause of death of residents in the county.

Democrat Bryan Hagen is the current Knox County Coroner and is running for a 2nd term because he says he has always wanted to serve the community.

He says he has served as a lifeguard in his teens and then served in the US Army.

He’s also been on the Vincennes Police Department for many years.

Hagen says his experience started in the coroner’s office nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer.

Later he was appointed Deputy Coroner.

Hagen says if re-elected he will continue another part of the job which is having empathy for families dealing with a loss.

Hagen is challenged by Republican Karen Donovan.

Early voting continues at Community Corrections across from the courthouse from 8 to 4 daily.

The election is November 3rd.