Endorsement: Martinez for the Democratic nomination for Kane County coroner
Kane County Democrats face a very tough decision to select a candidate for coroner.
Tao Martinez, the owner of a successful business specializing in cleanup of death scenes, failed in a bid for the office in 2012. He has since added to his credentials with new certifications in death-related analysis and with direct experience as a deputy coroner in Kendall County. He comes to the race with evident passion for the work of a coroner and with a detailed knowledge of the duties and expectations in running the office. Moreover, he brings creative ideas about roles the coroner can play in preventing premature death, including a proposal relying on volunteers who have experienced tragic losses from drugs, gang involvement or suicide.
And John Shoemaker, who worked for 15 years as a registered nurse, also has demonstrated sincere interest in the coroner's job as a former candidate. He, too, knows the law regarding the functions of the coroner, and speaks with intelligence and compassion about the requirements of the job. Plus, he has insight into the nature of government leadership and cooperation as both an Aurora Township trustee and, for the past six years, Aurora Township Highway Commissioner.
Both men could serve capably in the coroner's office and would represent their party well in the campaign for the general election this fall. We lean toward Martinez, particularly for his inclination to think deeply and creatively about operating the office. He is endorsed.