Fryar, 51, finished second in the 2008 Democratic primary, losing to incumbent Sammy Eady by only 60 votes. There were no Republican challengers that year.
This year, two candidates are running in the Republican primary, with the winner to face Fryar in the fall. Six-term incumbent Eady, 71, is running on the GOP ticket for the first time, and Jamie Godbee, 33, a former Carroll County deputy and owner of Whooping Creek Construction, will challenge him.
The primary winners will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.
“I feel it’s time for a change,” Fryar said. “With my background as a nurse, I believe I’m a better candidate for the people of the community. I feel I can give the people a service and not just a job.”
Fryar works with Tanner Pain Management Clinic and as a funeral director at Hanley-Shelton Funeral Home in Marietta. She completed medical training at West Central Technical College in 1994 and earned her LPN certification.
She worked for Tanner Medical Center as an emergency room nurse for 15 years. Her duties included gathering appropriate paperwork for the coroner when there was a death.
Fryar completed a mortuary science degree in 2005 at Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in Decatur, which included a one-year internship in the Fulton County Crime Lab.
“My work there has allowed me to prepare the grieving families to deal with the death of a loved one, guide them through the paperwork process, and at times, perform embalming and restorative procedures on the deceased,” she said.
She has been involved in many community activities, including the Soup Kitchen and a mentor for the Legacy Council for Girls at Mt. Zion High School.
She has been a member in several civic clubs, including Carrollton Junior Women’s Club, League of Women Voters and Evening Sartoma Club. She is an active member of the Democratic Party.
Frayar lives in Carrollton with her husband, David, who is a Georgia State Patrol trooper and a military veteran. They have two daughters, Heath and Aerial (who is in the military and served in Afghanistan); a son, David Jr., who is also a military veteran; and two grandchildren.
According to the county election office, the coroner’s salary is $29,529.50 per year.
The coroner rules on causes and manner of death, working with law enforcement officers and the medical examiner at the State Crime Lab in Atlanta.
Georgia has no educational or work experience requirements to run for the coroner’s office, other than the candidate must be at least 25 years of age, have a high school diploma and a clean criminal record.
However, once elected, the new coroner must attend a five-day basic coroner course at the Georgia Law Enforcement Training Center in Forsyth and also take annual continuing education courses.