County Commissioner Pota Coston dies after months long battle with cancer

County Commissioner Pota Coston dies after months long battle with cancer

Fayette County News has confirmed that Fayette County Commission Vice-Chair Pota Coston died today as a result of a months long battle with breast cancer.

Coston has the distinction of having been the first black candidate to serve on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners when she was sworn in this January.

Coston has been married 33 years to her husband Bernard Coston. They have one son, Bernie.

A prayer vigil to honor Coston was held Thursday night. Click here to read our coverage of the vigil, which was heavily attended and featured more than 20 speakers who were glowing in their praise for Coston.

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson confirmed the news, saying Coston’s husband, Bernard, had informed County Chairman Charles Oddo of her death.

“It’s a sad day for Fayette County,” Rapson said.

Below is a selection of photographs by photographer Dean Breest from Coston’s successful campaign for county commission last fall. Many at Thursday’s prayer vigil recounted with admiration what a tireless campaigner she had been, and what a passion she had to attain a role of leadership in the community and shepherd Fayette County to a better place.