Q&A forum scheduled Thursday for Paris City Council candidates

alcr logoSix of the eight candidates for the Paris City Council have indicated they will participate in Thursday night’s candidate forum at 6 p.m. in the district courtroom on the second floor of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris.

The forum is sponsored by the Association of Lamar County Republicans, although city elections are non-partisan; candidates do not run as Democrats or Republicans.

Kruntorad said the Association of Lamar County Republicans is offering the forum “to promote an informed electorate through political education and involve citizens in the political process.

eParisextra will attend the forum and report on candidates’ responses to questions.

Early voting for the May 10 city election begins Monday and continues through Tuesday, May 6.

Forum coordinator Jimmie Kruntorad said those who have indicated they will attend are:

  • From District 1: Incumbent Aaron Jenkins (challenger Joe McCarthy has declined);
  • From District 2: Incumbent Sue Lancaster and challenger Kelly John Collins;
  • From District 3: Incument John Wright (challenge Benny Plata has declined);
  • From District 6: Incumbent Cleonne Holmes Drake and challenger Edwin Pickle.

The six participating candidates have been provided nine questions concerning the city and individual districts, Kruntorad said.

As time allows, the questions will be asked of all candidates, Kruntorad said. The candidates themselves were allowed to suggest possible questions to be included in the mix.

Council terms are for two years. The City Charter allows individuals to serve up to three consecutive 2-year terms, after which they must sit out at least two years before they may serve again.

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.