Two men vying for Russell County Coroner position

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  As Russell County voters head to the polls Tuesday, they may notice only one local race. News Leader Nine highlights the two men running for county coroner.

Arthur Sumbry Jr. and John Morgan… they're two names you may have seen on the ballot four years ago as both ran for Russell County Coroner, and Tuesday, you'll see these two men are vying for that position again.

For the past four years, Arthur Sumbry Jr. has served as Russell County's Coroner. He said, "I've been involved in the funeral service all my life. I've been in that field forever and I tell people, dealing with death isn't something people like to deal with but I certainly feel my expertise has been a need for the coroner's office."

But before Sumbry took office, John Morgan served in that position for one year. Morgan explained, "I won't need any on the job training. I know about the office and with my background of over 25 years of medical experience, I am the person who has the right expertise for that job."

Morgan says if elected, he wants to make changes in transportation of bodies and the controversial vehicle used to do that, "I would buy or trade the truck for something more appropriate and respectful to transport people who need to be transported from the scenes and for the coroner's office to assume the duties of transporting rather than hiring an outside agency."

But Sumbry maintains his time as coroner has brought a lot of positive changes and he hopes to continue that work, "My biggest thing is educating the youth on mortality rates. I want to be caring and compassionate to the families I've already been dealing with and the ones I have not dealt with yet."

When News Leader Nine asked the two men how campaigning was going, John Morgan said he started the day he lost the election four years ago and Arthur Sumbry Jr. Says he campaigns every day while he does his job.

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