A Lawrence Republican is conducting a petition drive to get his name on the ballot for the Douglas County Commission.
Paul Shivel, 60, said he hopes to collect 200 signatures by the end of next week to file for the 2nd District commission seat being vacated by Mike Amyx, D-Lawrence. He needs 147 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify as a candidate.
Shivel works in the Eudora office of Miller & Midyett Realtors & Insurors. He is the former owner of Great Lanes Resurfacing, a company that resurfaced bowling alleys. Shivel also worked for Jayhawk Bowling and Trophy Co.
He and his family moved to Lawrence 28 years ago to help raise funds for Kansas University's School of Religion building.
Shivel said his reason for running was "a desire to do something worthwhile. I've got the time and health to contribute something I consider worthwhile."
He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two children, Angela Kay Blanchard, Eudora, and Walter Brown Shivel, who is based in Okinawa with the U.S. Air Force.
Shivel is the only known candidate for the 2nd District's commission seat. Lawrence attorney Ron Schneider, a Democrat, said last week he is considering a run for either the 2nd District commission seat or the newly reapportioned 47th District Kansas House seat held by Joann Flower, R-Oskaloosa.