Voters in Erie County will elect three important county officials Nov. 8.

Two of those officials, however, are virtual shoo-ins, as they are running unopposed.

Lyell Cook, who has served as county coroner since 2000, is running unopposed for another six-year term. Cook has cross-filed.

The coroner’s office investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths and all deaths due to violence, including suicide. The coroner is also authorized to investigate all deaths due to contagious disease constituting a public health hazard.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri, who has cross-filed, also is running unopposed for a four-year term. Daneri was appointed as district attorney in 2009 to fill a vacancy created by the death of District Attorney Brad Foulk.

The district attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of the county.

See Friday, October 28, 2011 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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