Downtown Lawrence recently announced its endorsement of three candidates in the race for city commission.
The group of downtown business owners and supporters is the only special interest group to publicly announce its support for candidates in the election.
The group announced its support of Bob Schumm, Bob Schulte and John Nalbandian in a recent edition of its newsletter, which is distributed to about 360 downtown businesses, said Andy Ramirez, president.
"The board elected to endorse those particular candidates that we thought had the strongest views compatible with our goals," Ramirez said.
Seven board members interviewed candidates who "we felt had a plank in their platform regarding downtown Lawrence" on a range of issues having to do with downtown and the entire city, he said.
"We talked about everything from tax abatements to parking issues downtown," Ramirez said. "We solicited the candidates' views on where the city is heading as far as growth."
The candidates' responses to the questions posed by the DL board are available to members in the DL office.