Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schumm ended weeks of speculation today by announcing that he will run for another term on the commission.
Reading from a prepared statement, the 44-year-old Schumm said his goal was to keep Lawrence a nice place to live.
"With this goal in mind we need to strongly support the Margin of Excellence program for KU," he said. "We need to continue to support and encourage our neighborhoods to improve their environments."
Schumm said the commission also should use economic incentives "to produce a mix of high quality jobs for our citizens."
Schumm said he delayed his decision because his family debated the time commitment that the commission takes.
"I was trying to go over with my family the amount of time that I've spent in this particular job," he said. "We came to an agreement last night that they wanted me to run again."
SCHUMM ADDED that another term would allow him to be a part of Horizon 2020, which will plan Lawrence's future, and the development of the Eastern Parkway.
"I think it's fair to say that's been a project I've worked very closely on, poured a lot of time and sweat on, and I would like to follow it through," he said. "It's an important road system to the total system that we've worked on."
The candidacy of fellow commissioner David Penny, with whom Schumm has locked horns on items such as commercial zoning issues outside of the downtown area and the eastern parkway, did not influence his decision, Schumm said.
"No other candidate filings had any bearing on my decision to run," he said. "From what I've read so far of the candidates that have filed, I believe there will be some good debates. It seems like there's a range of ideas and . . . I think that's healthy for the city of Lawrence."
SCHUMM WAS a city commissioner from 1979 to 1981, was defeated for reelection in 1981 and then won a four-year term in 1987. He served as Lawrence mayor in 1988 and 1989.
He is the owner of Schumm Foods, which includes Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse and the Massachusetts Street Delicatessen. Schumm is a graduate of Kansas University's School of Journalism, and belongs to several local organizations.
He and his wife, Sandra, live at 1720 St. Andrews Dr. with their four children.