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January 15, 1999

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Brenda McFadden entered the race for Lawrence City Commission, ensuring that a primary election will be conducted March 2.

A downtown accountant is the latest entrant in the race for Lawrence City Commission.

Brenda McFadden, 35, celebrated her birthday Thursday by filing as a candidate at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. She announced her plans from the commission meeting room on the first floor, surrounded by about two dozen friends and supporters.

"What I do for a living is plan and help people pick the best solution," said McFadden, owner of McFadden and Associates, 825 Vt. "That's what I'll do here."

McFadden, 2716 Stratford, is the seventh official candidate for commission seats currently held by Commissioners Bonnie Augustine, Bob Moody and John Nalbandian, who are not seeking re-election.

A primary election March 2 will whittle the field to six candidates for the general election April 6. So far, the official field includes G. Wayne Parks, Scott Henderson, Jim Henry, David Dunfield, Denise Gibson, David McKinzey and McFadden.

The filing deadline is noon Jan. 26.

In making her announcement, McFadden chose not to focus on particular issues facing the city -- such as growth, public transportation, traffic and downtown development -- and instead discussed her reasons for running. Her biggest motivation: the "passion" for her hometown of 17 years, which she promises to care for by keeping its best interests at heart

"Running for this office is not an opportunity for me," she said. "It's an obligation."

That said, she supports managing planned growth, creating a coordinated public-transportation system with Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University, finding a consensus solution for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway, and preserving the quality and vitality of downtown.

McFadden has owned her own accounting business since May, when she bought out Mike Hickman. Today she oversees a staff of four full-time employees and one part-time employee who compile financial statements, provide payroll services, conduct audits and do taxes for 200 small businesses and about 450 individuals in Lawrence.

She earned both of her bachelor's degrees from KU: accounting in 1989 and business administration in 1986.

McFadden and her husband, Mike Beaton, have a daughter: Grace Beaton, 10, a fifth-grader at St. John School.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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