Will Biard announces his candidacy for 62nd state district judge; he'll run in the GOP primary next March

Will Biard announced to fellow Republicans on Thursday night that he will run for 62nd state district judge in the party’s primary next March. Democrat Scott McDowell, who was elected to the court in 2000, confirmed later in the evening that he is not running again next year. At left is Jimmie Kruntorad, president of the Association of Lamar County Republicans. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

By CHARLES RICHARDS

eParisExtra.com

Will Biard, who in May completed four years on the Paris City Council and one year as mayor, on Thursday night announced his candidacy for district judge of the 62nd Judicial District, which serves Lamar, Delta, Franklin and Hopkins counties.

Biard, 34, said he would run as a Republican. He told fellow Republicans of his plans Thursday night toward the end of a meeting of the Association of Lamar County Republicans.

State District Judge Scott McDowell, 70, a Democrat, was elected to the court in 2000.

Contacted by eParisExtra.com by telephone at home, McDowell confirmed reports he won’t seek a fourth four-year term in 2012.

“I’m not going to run again,” McDowell said.

Biard, a partner in the law firm of McLaughlin, Hutchison & Biard, is past president of the Lamar County Bar Association. He is also the chief financial officer for Harrison, Walker & Harper.

“It has always been my desire to uphold the integrity and professionalism of our justice system,” Biard said in a campaign release. “Ultimately, it is our judges who must ensure fair and equal treatment for all citizens, and I welcome the opportunity to assist in that cause as district judge.”

Biard said he has the skill and expertise to hear the multitude of cases that come before the district court.

“As a criminal defense lawyer, I have the experience necessary to judge those accused of crimes and to assess the appropriate sentence on those found guilty,” he said.

“As a real estate title examiner for Stone Title Company, I have the knowledge required to rule in matters involving title to real estate. In representing numerous community businesses and financial institutions, I have the business and financial acumen to preside over civil and business matters.”

As mayor, he said, he presided over meetings and resolved conflict.

“Perhaps most importantly,” he said, “I possess the integrity and temperament to be an effective judge.  I look forward to the campaign and am excited to meet the residents of Delta, Franklin, Hopkins and Lamar counties.”

Biard is licensed by the Texas Supreme Court and is admitted to practice in all Texas courts as well as federal courts in the Eastern District of Texas.

He is a native of Lamar County, graduating from Texas A&M-Commerce with a double major in industrial technology and economics.

He obtained his doctorate of jurisprudence degree in 2001 from Texas Tech School of Law.

He has served as a precinct chair for the party and also as vice president of the Association of Lamar County Republicans.

Biard and his wife, Anne, have two young daughters.

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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.