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Marshall Co. sheriff's candidate disputes report of own death

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A newspaper mixed up a candidate for Marshall Co. Sheriff (pictured) for a man of the same name who had actually passed away. A newspaper mixed up a candidate for Marshall Co. Sheriff (pictured) for a man of the same name who had actually passed away.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A candidate for Marshall County Sheriff received condolences from friends over the weekend after learning of his death in a local newspaper.

The problem is, he hadn't died.

After numerous phone calls, James Maze said he had to look for himself. Sure enough, Maze learned he had died – according to the obituary in the local paper.

Maze said all of his past history was correct, but his age and the names of relatives in the piece were incorrect. It turns out the paper mixed up this James Maze with another man of the same name who had passed away.

The former County Commissioner announced at the end of his term last year that he would be running for sheriff. He wants the public to know he is alive and well.

"It's going to take me awhile to get everybody to understand I'm not dead. It would be kind of hard to get people to give to a dead man," the very-much-alive Maze said.

Maze said he was assured by the paper they would be running a correction in their next edition.

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