Superville, Malone jump into 2014 race for Lamar County Judge

Incumbent County Judge M.C. “Chuck” Superville filed for re-election Monday afternoon and did so as a Democrat, ending speculation about whether he might join other Democratic incumbents in a move to the GOP in next year’s March 4 primary.

“He filed with me just minutes ago,” County Democratic Chairman Brady Fisher said at 3:30 p.m.

Mike Malone

Mike Malone

Earlier Monday, former Paris City Manager Mike Malone formally filed a place on the Republican Primary for county judge, setting the stage for a Superville-Malone encounter in the General Election next November.

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

The filing deadline was 6 p.m. Monday.

Superville, 56, has been county judge since December 1995, when he was appointed to replace Deane Loughmiller, who moved up to the judgeship of the Lamar County Court at Law.

Before that, Superville was a prosecutor with the county attorney’s office for six years. He is both a licensed attorney and a certified public accountant.

Superville designated former State Rep. Mark Homer, D-Lamar, as his campaign treasurer.

“Mark Homer graciously volunteered to help me get the word out,” Superville said.

Malone, 62, who was Paris’ city manager from 1987 to 2004, named former Paris Police Chief Karl Louis as his campaign treasurer.

County Judge M.C. "Chuck" Superville

County Judge M.C. “Chuck” Superville

A longtime Democrat, Superville said he was urged by many supporters to stay in the Democratic Party, but others told him his only chance for re-election was as on the GOP ticket because most Lamar County residents now vote Republican.

“The argument everyone’s making right now. they’re saying, everyone’s just going in there and they’re not going down the ballot, they’re just filling in the R and going home. That’s happening at the rate of about 3 to 1,” Superville said in a recent interview with eParisExtra.

“I thought about all my different options, and running as a Democrat just felt like the right thing for me to do. I think people would feel if I changed parties just to get elected, people would think that was disingenuous,” Superville said Monday afternoon.

“My last two opponents I had were Republicans, and I did OK. I went in as a Democrat, and if I have to I’ll go out as one. It’s that old deal, you dance with the one that brung you. I feel pretty good about it. I’m going to run a hard race, shake a lot of hands, and see how it goes.”

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

Fisher argued that Superville has been the strongest draw on the Democratic ballot in Lamar County for a number of years, attracting more votes than Homer even.

“Any Republican who doesn’t vote a straight party vote, Chuck is going to get that vote,” Fisher said.

  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.

Both Fisher and Kruntorad had indicated they wanted someone else to step forward to handle the duties of county Democratic and Republican chairman, respectively.

Gary O’Connor Powderly filed for county Democratic chairman, but Kruntorad — after waiting in vain until late in the day Monday for one of his precinct chairman to volunteer — filed for re-election.

“I think they’re saying they’re happy with the way things are going,” Kruntorad said late Monday.

Here is a list of those who filed to run in the March 4 primary for Lamar County elective positions:

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

  • (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY) Michael Malone, 62, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Karl Louis.
  • (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY) M.C. “Chuck” Superville, 56, Paris. Campaign treasurer, Mark Homer.

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.


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


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


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


  • (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.


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


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


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


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


  • (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.


  • Gary R. O’Connor, 69, Powderly.


  • John Kruntorad, 67, Paris.

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.