BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has announced her candidacy for re-election.

Yoder was appointed coroner in November 2014 by the McLean County Board, succeeding Beth Kimmerling, and was elected to a four-year term in 2016.

“It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of McLean County for the past five years as coroner,” Yoder said in a statement. “I feel that I am the voice for those who no longer have a voice. I hope the people of McLean County have seen the passion I bring to this office and will allow me to continue to serve them as their coroner.”

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Yoder has a bachelor's and masters degrees in nursing and a doctorate of nursing practice. Yoder worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery and then emergency medicine from 2005 to 2014. She taught nursing as adjunct faculty at both Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University.

As coroner, Yoder manages a yearly budget of $600,000. The Danvers native is married to Judge William Yoder.

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