Kruntorad notes continued move of local candidates to Republican primary

John Kruntorad

John Kruntorad

John Kruntorad, GOP county chairman for Lamar County, cheered a continuation of the trend of candidates for local office in Lamar County to run for office under the Republican Party banner.

In a press release, Kruntorad noted on Tuesday that 21 individuals filed as Republicans for a place in the March 4, 2014, primary during the Nov. 9-Dec. 9 filing period — one more than the 20 who did so in the elections of two years ago, he noted.

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, only 13 Republican candidates were part of the primary election, Kruntorad said.

Lamar County experienced its first Republican victory locally as recently as 2008, Kruntorad said.

In 2012, nine elected county officials publically switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party, and two other elected officials quickly followed suit, he said.

“Texas is a conservative state, and Northeast Texas is profoundly conservative, judging by recent voting results,” Kruntorad said.

The party made a conscientious effort locally to contrast the Republican platform with that of the Democratic Party, he said.

“Democrats’ decisions on mandated healthcare, intrusion into the lives of private citizens, lack of follow up on critical national security issues, etc., are troubling and do not match the values and standards of Lamar County residents,” Kruntorad argued.

“The Republican Party hopes for a spirited primary campaign and looks forward to the general campaign in which the Republican candidates and their Democrat counterparts have the opportunity to state their positions on various issues.”

The Association of Lamar County Republicans will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the district courtroom of the Lamar County Courthouse. All Republican candidates will be invited, and the public is encouraged to attend, Kruntorad said.

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.