Layton, Mitchell file for re-election to seats on Lamar County Commissioners Court

Lamar County’s two incumbent county commissioners up for election in 2014 have filed in the past week for places on the March 4 primary ballot.

Extra_Logo_Slider_SizeLonnie Layton filed this week for re-election in the Democratic Primary, as he has in the past, for the Precinct 2 county commissioner’s seat.

Keith Mitchell filed this week for re-election in the Republican Primary, where he ran four years ago when he got onto the commissioners court.

Neither will have an uncontested race.

Three men have filed for the Precinct 2 county commissioner job as Republicans, including Larry Davis of Roxton, who filed this week. Already in the fray were James Dunn Sr. of Paris and David Niblett of Roxton.

So far, former Lamar County Sheriff B.J. McCoy has filed as a Republican for the Precinct 4 seat on the commissioners court.

There may be someone new as the county chairman of both the local Republican and Democratic parties. That’s a position that is on the ballot every two years.

Brady Fisher, the Democratic Party chairman for the past 16 years, confirmed Thursday that he’s not running for a ninth two-year term beyond the current term that ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

Gary R. O’Connor of Powderly has filed for Democratic county chairman.

John Kruntorad, the Republican Party chairman, hasn’t ruled out running, but said he is hoping someone else will run.

“I met with all the Republican precinct chairmen around the county and told them I hoped one of them would step up, but none of them has yet,” Kruntorad said late Thursday afternoon.

If no one does by Monday afternoon, he said, “I’ll have a decision to make.”

Police officer Curtis Garrett, the official spokesman for the Paris Police Department and also the local Crime Stoppers coordinator, this week made his candidacy official for Justice of the Peace of Precinct 5, Place 2.

Not including the party county chairman positions, 24 people have declared their intentions to run for office, only two as Democrats.

Filing deadline for the March 4 primary is 6 p.m. Monday. Kruntorad said he expects two or three more people to file with him.

Conspicuous by their absence are two likely candidates for county judge — incumbent M.C. “Chuck” Superville, a longtime Democrat — and Mike Malone, a longtime former city manager of Paris who has said he’s seriously considering making a bid for county judge in the Republican primary.

Malone has filed paperwork with county elections administrator Russ Towers indicating who would be his campaign chairman if he runs for county judge. Malone said if he runs, it will be as a Republican, but as of Thursday night, he had not filed with Kruntorad.

Under Texas law, three things are required to file for a county elective position. The candidate must:

  1. file with the county elections administrator the appointment of a campaign treasurer;
  2. apply with either the Democratic or Republican county chairman for a place on the ballot;
  3. pay the filing fee (which varies from race to race), or present petitions with the requisite number of signatures of registered voters.

Here is an update on those who through Thursday afternoon have made known their plans to run in the March 4 primary for Lamar County elective positions (this week’s applicants are in bold face):

COUNTY JUDGE: Incumbent, M.C. “Chuck” Superville.

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Michael Malone, 62, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Karl Louis.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2: Incumbent, Lonnie Layton.

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) James E. Dunn Sr., 67, Paris. Campaign treasurer, James E. Dunn Sr.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Larry Wayne Davis, 66, Roxton. Campaign treasurer, Larry Davis.
  • (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY) Lonnie Ray Layton, 59, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Lonnie Layton.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) James D. “David” Niblett, 32, Roxton. Campaign treasurer: Elaine Niblett.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4: Incumbent, Keith Mitchell.

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) B.J. McCoy, 59, Powderly. Campaign treasurer, Lee Campbell.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Keith Wade Mitchell, 54, Blossom. Campaign treasurer, Keith Mitchell.

COUNTY CLERK:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Kathy Marlowe (incumbent), 62, Powderly.

COUNTY TREASURER:

  • (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY) Shirley Fults (incumbent), 66, Sumner.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Melanie Clifford, 60, Paris.

COUNTY COURT AT LAW:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Bill Harris (incumbent), 50, Paris.

CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Jimmy Don Clark, 57, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Madaline Chance.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Gerry Don Hines, 37, Paris. Campaign treasurer: Gerry Don Hines.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Jimmy Lee Hodges (incumbent), 41, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Jimmy Lee Hodges.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Don Denison (incumbent), 59, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Don Denison.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2:

  •  (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Crystal Duke (incumbent), 49, Roxton. Campaign treasurer, Crystal Duke. 

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3:

  •  (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Tim Risinger (incumbent), 43, Powderly. Campaign treasurer, Tim Risinger.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Ken Ruthart (incumbent), 81, Powderly. Campaign treasurer, Ken Ruthart.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2:

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Jesse James Freelen, 47, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Becky Barnes.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Curtis Garrett, 49, Reno. Campaign treasurer, Curtis Garrett.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Gene Hobbs (incumbent), 54, Reno. Campaign treasurer, Wiley P. Lamberson.

DISTRICT CLERKIncumbent, Marvin Ann Patterson.

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Shawntel Golden, 39, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Lynn Patterson.
  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Susan Flanary-Turner, 59, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Molly Woodall.

DEMOCRATIC COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent Brady Fisher.

  • Gary R. O’Connor, 69, of Powderly.

REPUBLICAN COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent John Kruntorad.

  • (No candidate yet)

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.