Striking a time-for-change chord, a Lawrence musician filed Friday as a candidate for the Lawrence City Commission.
Bob Cutler, lead guitarist for Slackjaw, a local "hard-core punk and alternative metal" band, wants to relieve the community's discontent, he said during an interview.
"Lawrence is supposed to be known for its arts and music scene, but the powers that be have done all they can to stifle that," he said. "I want to change the way things are done. It's not really so much a personal vendetta as it is a voice for the people: Those whole elements of the Lawrence community who have not been adequately represented."
Cutler, 29, said he garnered a "huge groundswell of support" from several Lawrence constituencies: youths; musicians and artists; gays, lesbians and bisexuals; and minorities.
"They don't want a plastic culture town like Lenexa or Johnson County, and that's what a lot of the developers ... are doing here," Cutler said. "They're doing away with the things in Lawrence that are cool."
If elected, Cutler said he would work to relax controls on new bars opening downtown; allow people to hang umbrellas in trees; pass a human relations ordinance that protects homosexuals from discrimination; and expand recreational and cultural activities for youths.
Repealing the city's noise ordinance would be a good start, he said.
"It's used to stifle the arts and music scene," he said.
Cutler, 1721 Ohio, has lived in Lawrence for seven years. His band has been around for 4 1/2, and will represent Lawrence in the "South by Southwest" rock festival this March in Austin, Tex.
Cutler is seeking one of three commission seats up for election April 4, and is the is the fourth candidate to formally file. The others are Commissioner Doug Compton; Paul N. Longabach, a free-lance paste-up worker; and Bill Lee, a salesman for Crown Toyota.
Commissioner John Nalbandian and Bonnie S. Augustine, executive vice president of University National Bank, have
announced intentions to run.