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Man elected Mifflin County coroner — against his wishes

LEWISTOWN — Alan R. Sunderland may be the first candidate to ever win an election despite not wanting to.

Sunderland was elected Mifflin County Coroner Tuesday, according to unofficial election results, defeating longtime incumbent Daniel P. Lynch, who was on the ballot as an independent candidate after initially stating he was not seeking re-election in the primary.

Sunderland received 3,637 votes to Lynch’s 3,488, according to unofficial results, but in the days leading up to the election, Sunderland publicly announced — including in a letter to the editor that appeared in The Sentinel — that he was no longer seeking the position due to personal reasons, but it was too late to have his name removed from the ballot. He, instead, encouraged people to vote for Lynch.

Assuming the election result does not change once the vote totals are validated and that Sunderland does not wish to or is not capable of filling the role of coroner, a new coroner will have to be appointed.

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