WASHINGTON COUNTY - Kevin Miller decided to run for Register of Wills because he believes competition makes for a better solution.
"I find it hard to believe offices are uncontested," said Miller, a Republican.
John Bloyer, a Democrat who has held the position for 14 years, said that in the last two elections he ran unopposed.
The Register of Wills serves a four-year term and earns $81,000 a year.
The register's office opens more than 950 estates a year and takes in for safekeeping about 1,400 wills a year, according to Bloyer. The office also helps the public with estate procedures allowed by law and serves as clerks for the Orphans' Court of Washington County.
Miller, 64, admitted that he is a political "rookie," but said that his life experience has fully prepared him for serving as Register of Wills.