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First candidate emerges for City Commission

October 30, 2006

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The owner of a Lawrence-based environmental consulting firm is set to become the first candidate to announce for the Lawrence City Commission.

Mike Dever said this morning he plans to announce his candidacy for one of three seats on the City Commission at an 11 a.m. event Tuesday at City Hall.

"I really believe that we need to expand our business and industrial tax base in town," Dever said. "I think we have held off for too long in moving the burden from homeowners to businesses. We need to start making that transition."

Dever, 43, is the owner of GuideWire Consulting, which provides site assessments and testing for a variety of environmental issues.

Three seats - all at large - are up for election. They are held by Commissioners Boog Highberger, Mike Rundle and David Schauner. None of those three has announced yet whether they intend to seek re-election.

The City Commission election will be April 3. If more than six candidates file for election, there will be a primary election on Feb. 27. Candidates have until noon Jan. 23 to file.

For more on the story, see tomorrow's Journal-World.

Comments

Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

Gee, Merrill, where did you get access to that memo?

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Consider this:

Neighborhood Resources Department

MEMORANDUM

TO: David L. Corliss, City Manager

Thru: Debbie Van Saun, Assistant City Manager

FROM: Victor Torres, Director, Neighborhood Resources

DATE: October 2, 2006

RE: Building Permit report

Attached to this memorandum find building permit data for the year through September 2006. Overall the number of building permits issued continues to surpass the number of permits issued last year for this same period, 2068 building permits issued versus 2036. Building permits for single-family homes is at 196 as compared to 151 for this same period last year.

In addition, building permit fees collected to date are over $695,000 as compared to approximately $575,000 for the 2005 period.

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macon47 7 years, 5 months ago

well, i would hate for a level headed no frills person that has a track record of understanding what it takes run a successful business to run for commissioner

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

this guy a liberal? guessing so by his biz. not what we need!

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Michael Stanclift 7 years, 5 months ago

Maybe I'll run for city commission. Wasn't Mike Amyx the youngest commissioner ever? Maybe I can beat his record.

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macon47 7 years, 5 months ago

alot of us thought rumble would do better on his second go around, he lacked the respect of his coharts then, and now we see why Mike doesnt have a career , all he has ever done is sack groceries and clog. of course he might a degree in art/history. i don't know

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homechanger 7 years, 5 months ago

Its time to show Mike Rundel the door. He has been on the commission far to long. It has almost become his career. We need fresh ideas and less stagnate PLC bs.

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macon47 7 years, 5 months ago

i am unsure if any of the three amigos suspect or are even aware they are out of favor with any lawrence voters. i bet they they think they are just doing a bang up job! i cannot think of a candidate that would be so bad that i wouldnt vote for them rather than bugger rumble and schanuzer the term "yellow dog" comes to mind. and sadly i had voted for 2 of them. what a bitter dissapointment!

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small_fish_in_small_pond 7 years, 5 months ago

"I really believe that we need to expand our business and industrial tax base in town," Dever said. "I think we have held off for too long in moving the burden from homeowners to businesses. We need to start making that transition."

Sounds great to me as long as we can bring higher paying skilled and professional jobs.

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