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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