Candidate forum scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday for Lamar County candidates in March 4 GOP primary

Photo from the 2012 Lamar County GOP Forum

Photo from the 2012 Lamar County GOP forum

Candidates for local office on the March 4 Republican Primary ballot in Lamar County have been invited to a candidate forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the district court room of the county courthouse in Paris.

The forum is for Republican candidates only, said John Kruntorad, chairman of the sponsoring Association of Lamar County Republicans.

All 21 local candidates on the ballot will be given two minutes to address the audience, but only those with opponents in the primary will participate in the question-and-answer portion of the forum.

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Photo from the 2012 Lamar County GOP Forum.

Questions will be specific to the political position which the candidates are seeking, Kruntorad said.

“These initial questions will be provided to the candidates prior to the forum so that the candidates may prepare their responses,” Kruntorad said.

In addition, he said, there will be an opportunity for written questions to be submitted from the audience prior to the start of the Q & A session.

“These questions will be screened by a review panel prior to being asked of the candidates and will be asked of candidates if time allows,” Kruntorad said.

“It is our hope that this forum will give the Republican candidates an opportunity to present their platforms and to educate the electorate about their positions on key issues.

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.