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SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (KSDK) – Longtime resident and Mark Furrer is the mayor-elect of Sunset Hills …and he wasn't even on the ballot.

There were 12 votes for the mayoral write-in candidate. In Des Peres, 18 write-in votes, and in Manchester, there were 14-write-in votes for Mayor.

Furrer, however, got 53 percent of the vote in Sunset Hills on election day, and he didn't even decide to run until 10 days before the election.

No one expected him to defeat incumbent mayor Bill Nolan.

"When I called as a courtesy to tell him that I was running for mayor, he told me, 'you don't stand a chance,' Furrer said. "And at the time, I believed it."

Sometimes long shots win. So how did Furrer pull it off?

A lot of residents were against the two commuter lots at Interstate 270 and Highway 30 being turned into a Quik Trip, and they expressed their displeasure about it on election day.

"The Quik Trip and the commuter proposal ignited a fire that I rode in on," Furrer said.

Even though his name was nowhere to be found on the ballot, Furrer got more than 1,100 votes (53 percent).

"Everyone laughed and said write-ins never win," he said.

But here he is, the improbable mayor-elect, who's ready to take over City Hall.

"I know what the problems are, and come April 23, which is when I take office, I'll be up and running," he said.

Furrer isn't the only write-in upset in Sunset Hills. Alderman-elect Donna Ernst was also a write-in candidate who cashed in on the commuter lot controversy.

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