Roger Browning says he's been interested in city politics for years.
But he finally decided to take the plunge on Jan. 26, when he filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission.
Browning, 41, will be on the ballot for the March 2 primary, which will pare the field of 12 candidates to six for the April 6 general election.
Since filing, Browning has put up yard signs, held meetings with supporters and set up a telephone number for the public to leave him recorded messages for any ideas or comments 842-3009.
Browning also has taken a stand on three major issues: He supports a city-operated municipal golf course; he supports moving electric power lines out of the Pinckney Neighborhood, and he supports a new factory outlet center proposed for North Lawrence.
BROWNING, who has lived in Lawrence since 1970, is a foreman for the Kansas Turnpike Authority's utility department. He said in his 20 years in that job, he has become familiar with matters the commission must deal with, including snow removal and codes for building, plumbing and electric services.
If elected, Browning says he would work to bring more jobs to the city and would promote local youth activities and youth services.
He also said he is dedicated to improving neighborhoods, to historic preservation and to preserving local property values.
Browning says he favors a plan to move a proposed electric power line out of the Pinckney Neighborhood and locate it in an area near Santa Fe railroad tracks that run along the Kansas River.
KPL originally planned to upgrade power lines along Fifth Street. However, neighbors complained that the upgrade would increase exposure to electromagnetic fields.
"NO ONE wants a scene of power lines in their back yard. And we'll let the scientists sort out the hazards of electromagnetic fields once the poles are gone and not after any children suffer," Browning said.
Browning also said he favors the proposed Tanger Factory Outlet Center, a 150,000-square-foot project that would be built at the site of a former lumberyard in North Lawrence.
He said the project would increase jobs, retail sales and the city's tax base.
Browning also said he favors having the city build and operate a municipal golf course.
"Study after study has shown that Lawrence can build and operate a municipal golf course project of reasonable cost and support it with user fees and not tax dollars," he said. "I think that we can improve the quality of life in Lawrence and improve our attractiveness to tourism by building a golf course that's accessible to everyone and where green fees are comparable to other municipal golf courses."
Currently, Browning is vice chairman of operations for the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Browning and his wife, Patti Lysaght, live at 920 W. Ninth.