Former Paris City Manager Mike Malone files for county judge

eParisExtra logoFormer Paris City Manager Mike Malone filed Monday morning as a Republican candidate for Lamar County Judge in the March 4, 2014, primary.

“I just filed my application with the county Republican chairman (John Kruntorad),” Malone told eParisExtra about 11 a.m.

Malone was the city manager from 1987 to 2004.

Coming up against the filing deadline of 6 p.m. today, Malone became the first and only candidate for county judge of Lamar County. Candidates must file with Kruntorad for a spot on the Republican ballot or with Democratic county chairman Brady Fisher for a spot on the Democratic ballot.

As of noon Monday, M.C. “Chuck” Superville, who is completing his 18th year as county judge, has not yet filed. He is a longtime Democrat.

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.