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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.
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:
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.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2: Incumbent, Lonnie Layton.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4: Incumbent, Keith Mitchell.
COUNTY COURT AT LAW:
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4:
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2:
DISTRICT CLERK: Incumbent, Marvin Ann Patterson.
DEMOCRATIC COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent Brady Fisher.
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CHAIRMAN: Incumbent John Kruntorad.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra