Incumbent Muscogee County coroner wins reelection despite facing competition for first time

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Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has won the Democratic nomination for the coroner’s job, defeating opponent Royal Anderson, according to unofficial election results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Bryan has no competition left in the general election, so he is re-elected.

Bryan has served as the Muscogee County Coroner since 2012. In that year, his opponent was disqualified but still on the ballot. This was the first time Bryan faced opposition since the 2012 election, having run unopposed in 2016 and 2020.

Bryan, 74, defeated Anderson, 44, by securing 64.18% of the 11,006 votes cast, according to unofficial election results from the Georgia secretary of state’s office. Election officials said results could be missing fewer than 100 provisional and military ballots, which could come in as late as Friday.

Bryan grew up in Columbus and has spent his entire life here. He started working in a funeral home at the age of 14.