The one thing nearly all candidates for Lawrence City Commission agree on is that directing Lawrence's growth will be the biggest issue in upcoming city elections.
Meanwhile, candidates for the Lawrence school board say they're interested in finding ways to increase the space available for classrooms. The candidates plan to consider the recommendations of the Commission on Mid-level and High School Education, which was formed after voters in November defeated a proposed bond issue to build a second high school.
Noon today was the deadline for candidates to file for Lawrence city commission and school board elections. Fourteen candidates filed for three commission seats, including two of three incumbents whose seats are up for re-election.
Nine candidates filed for four school board seats. They include two of four incumbents whose seats are up for grabs.
The fields in both races will be narrowed in a Feb. 26 primary, and the races decided in an April 2 general election.
HERE ARE the names and brief information about all candidates for city elections:
Fred Markham, an eight-year Lawrence resident, on Oct. 2, 1990, was the first candidate to file. Markham has been active at the state level with issues and legislation regarding people with disabilities.
Bob Schulte is vice president of Gene Fritzel Construction Co.
John Nalbandian is a Kansas University associate professor of public administration.
Toni Dudley is director of children's ministries at Plymouth Congregational Church.
David Penny is owner of Kaw Sand Co., and one of three commissioners whose seat is up for re-election.
Mark A. Bernstein is a part-time news cameraman for Sunflower Cablevision and ABC News.
Richard Heckler is a clerk at the Community Mercantile Cooperative.
Deitre Weismiller is a homemaker and salesperson for Topeka Party Sales.
Bob Schumm, is another commissioners seeking re-election and is a local restaurateur.
OTHERS BEATING today's filing deadline for the commission, but who could not reached for interviews are:
David McKinzey, a rental property manager and employee of the Lawrence Bus Co.
Paul Horvath of Morning Star Management.
Paul Justus, an employee of the Lawrence Public Library.
David Gramly, self employed.
Robert John of the American Indian Research Institute.
HERE ARE the names and brief information about all candidates who filed for the Lawrence school board elections:
Harriet Shaffer, who works at Kansas University's Beach Center on Families and Disability, is finishing her first four-year term on the school board.
Mary Loveland, a Lawrence homemaker, also is ending her first four-year term on the board.
Jerry Hannah is the owner of a management consulting firm and former Kansas State Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Andy Galyardt is a certified property manager and founder and former owner of Kaw Valley Management Inc.
Kevin Elliott is an accounts loader for the Lawrence Credit Bureau and a 1983 Lawrence High School graduate. Elliott has worked with programs to prevent teen-age suicide.
RENEE KARR works as a substitute paraprofessional for the Lawrence school district and also as an outside salesperson at Holiday Travel. She also is a member of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education.
Tom Murray, who has worked as an attorney in Lawrence since 1972, is the vice chairman of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education.
Larry Morlan, who served on the Lawrence school board from 1985-89, is director of corporate and financial support for the Kansas University Endowment Association.
Raymond Poteet created Alpha and Omega Financial Services in 1979 and now heads the life insurance division of the firm.