Stom Edges Burns in Tight Clarion County Coroner’s Race

| November 8, 2017

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – In a close race for Clarion County Coroner, unofficial election results show Republican Randall Stom has defeated Democratic candidate Roland “Rollie” Burns.

Unofficial results show that Stom edged Burns by a mere 607 votes across the 41 precincts in Clarion County.

Stom garnered 3910 (54.17%) votes while Burns tallied 3303 (45.76%).

Randall Stom has been the Clarion County Deputy Coroner for two years and Chief Deputy Coroner for the last four years under current Coroner Terry Shaffer.

Stom is a graduate of Clarion-Limestone High School, Clarion University of PA (B.S. in Biology and M.Ed. in Science Education), and has post-graduate doctoral (ABD) studies in education and education administration from the University of South Carolina and Slippery Rock University of PA. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with honors and was recognized by his peers with the Memorial Award for leadership. He has completed all the required coursework for coroner and is current on all his continuing education credits.

“I believe our families deserve a coroner who will serve them with respect and compassion, is a fiscal conservative and believes the office should serve them and not serve their own interests,” Stom said in a previous interview with

Rollie Burns

Burns owns Robert V. Burns Funeral Home and the R.V. Burns Crematorium Inc., both in Clarion, and the Burns Funeral Home and Crematorium in Rimersburg.

He has worked for 23 years in the funeral business and eight years as Clarion County Coroner. Burns served as coroner from 1998 to 2005 before Shaffer was elected.

Shaffer announced in March that he would not be running for a fourth term as county coroner.

Shaffer Pic

Unofficial election results can be viewed here.

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