One Democrat and two Republican candidates are seeking their parties’ nominations for the office of McKean County coroner.
The lone Democratic candidate is Jeffrey Carson, while incumbent coroner Michael Cahill is being challenged by newcomer Michael Mascho. All three are licensed funeral directors.
A native of McKean County and graduate of Bradford Area High School, Carson holds a degree in political science and communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh as well as a degree in funeral directing and embalming from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Prior to that Carson worked in both institutional and retail pharmacies. From this experience, Carson acquired an extensive knowledge of drug actions in the body.
He said, “The office of coroner should be returned to the county and not be an extension of a local funeral home.”
Carson serves as vice president of the board of directors of Evergreen Elm Inc. He also serves on the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary board of directors.
Carson lives in Bradford Township, with his husband, Damian Sipko, and their two dogs.
Cahill was raised and educated in Bradford, attending St. Bernard Elementary School, Bradford Central Christian High School, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
After graduating from college, he returned to Bradford in 1984 and served his internship under his father’s supervision at the Francis D. Cahill Funeral Home. From 1985 to 1993, he served as a director at the Cahill Funeral Home and later at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. He became a partner in the firm of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes in 1993, and currently owns and operates Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
From 1986 until 2003, he served as deputy coroner under then Coroner Francis D. Cahill. He was elected coroner in 2003.
He resides in Bradford, with his wife of 33 years, Mimi Zetts Cahill.
Owner of the Mascho Funeral Home, Mascho is a fourth generation native of McKean County whose family lived in Bradford, Kane and Ludlow.
He is a 1995 graduate of the Bradford Area High School and a 1999 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he earned his associate degree in specialized business. After completing his education he returned to Bradford to serve his internship. After his internship he continued to work for Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes as a funeral director until 2006, when he moved to Cumberland County and furthered his training with another funeral home.
In 2008 he purchased the former Koch-Chatley-Gaeto Funeral Home.
Mascho lives in Bradford with his wife, Olivia Dunn Mascho, their 1-year-old son, Michael Jr. “Mikey,” and their four miniature dachshunds.