The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 27, 2012

Texas convict on W.Va. ballot for president

Keith Russell Judd, a Texas convict parked in a federal prison for making threats on a college campus, is on West Virginia’s primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for president.

Judd sent in a check to cover the $2,500 filing fee with the West Virginia secretary of state’s office to gain a place on the May 8 ballot.

“He actually filed to run in all 50 states,” Jake Glance, communications director for the secretary of state’s office, said Friday.

“He paid the $2,500 fee. He mailed a check.”

 In this past legislative session, a failed attempt was made to bar convicted felons from seeking office in West Virginia. That legislation, however, had nothing to do with Judd’s candidacy, but instead was inspired by a former office holder in Lincoln County.

 “This is a federal office, and there may be different laws that apply,” Glance said.

“He is a bonafide candidate.”

Judd is pulling a sentence at Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. He is scheduled to be released next year. He listed his address as Texarkana, Texas.

Project Vote Smart lists a colorful biography of the man who would be commander in chief.

For instance, the biography says he ran for president four years ago and also has been a candidate for president in the three previous elections, as well as governor of New Mexico in 1994. And he contains his boast to a perfect 300 game in bowling.

Some of the data in the biography raises doubts to say the least.

For instance, he identifies his father as Homer T. Judd and says he once headed the Atomic Energy Commission and designed the first atomic bomb. And he lists his mother as Lillian Russell, an actress who died in 1922. The man who would be president, however, was born in 1958.

Judd says he has been a band leader for the United States Air Force and has held a variety of jobs in the music and entertainment world.

His favorite president?

“Richard Nixon: He got us out of Vietnam and began world peace with China and the Soviets.”

Favorite quote?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country,” President John F. Kennedy.

His first car was a 1962 Chevrolet Bellaire, and favorite television shows are “Gunsmoke,” “Star Trek,” and “M*A*S*H.”

Person he would most like to meet, dead or alive?

“Mozart — he was cool.”

Favorite food?

“I forgot,” he is quoted by Project Vote Smart.

— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com

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