Strausbaugh (Submitted)

A retired York Township woman was on a three-month RV trip with her husband when she said she was called by the Lord to run for York County Coroner.

Kay Strausbaugh, 62, will be the lone Democrat on the primary ballot later this month.

"It's something that I felt the Lord calling me to do for some time," she said. "I'm on the ballot maybe because no other Democrat wanted to do it."

Strausbaugh previously ran for the office in 2005, but said she withdrew from the race because of a case of cold feet.

Now, however, she said she's ready for the campaign in a race that also features two well-known deputy coroners and a registered nurse on the Republican ticket.

Because Strausbaugh is the only Democrat running, she is almost assured a spot on the November election ballot.

Against the odds: Strausbaugh readily admits she doesn't have the qualifications of deputies Steve Cosey and Onalee Gilbert but added she's leaving the election up to a higher power.

"It's tough running as a Democrat against two deputy coroners," Strausbaugh said. "I understand my qualifications aren't what the others have but I'm running for (God)."

In the late 1980s, Strausbaugh said she was a certified emergency medical technician who volunteered with Jacobus Lions Ambulance. She is a graduate of Northeastern High School.

She retired in December from the state Department of Public Welfare.

When no other Democrats showed interest in running for the position, Strausbaugh said she felt a need to run in order to give Democrats a chance to cast a vote for someone from their own party.


"I think democracy is all about choice. I think choice is important," Strausbaugh said.

Also running in the race is Republican Pam Gay of Springettsbury Township.

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