Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Candidates rank their top priorities

February 8, 2007


City Commission candidates are beginning to spell out what their top priorities would be if elected.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has released responses from eight of the nine candidates in the race detailing what issues they would focus on as a commissioner. Candidates were given a list of 16 items to choose from.

Here's a look at the top priorities listed by each candidate:

¢ James Bush: (1) A sound, balanced tax base; (2) Well-developed and maintained infrastructure; (3) A thriving, competitive business environment.

¢ Rob Chestnut: (1) A forward-looking, positive community spirit; (2) A thriving, competitive business environment; (3) Well-developed and maintained infrastructure.

¢ Jake Davis: (1) A vibrant, healthy, diverse downtown; (2) Satisfactory wages and incomes; (3) Well-maintained and developed infrastructure.

¢ Mike Dever: (1) A sound, balanced tax base; (2) Thriving, competitive business environment; (3) A diverse and engaged citizenry.

¢ Sam Fields: (1) A safer downtown; (2) A cleaner downtown; (3) Keep Lawrence the focus of our business and concentrate on improving opportunities for growth.

¢ Commissioner Boog Highberger: (1) Strong neighborhoods; (2) Satisfactory wages and incomes; (3) Affordable housing.

¢ Carey Maynard-Moody: (1) More jobs; (2) Healthier tax base; (3) Energy conservation.

¢ David Schauner: (1) Infrastructure; (2) Sound, balanced tax base; (3) Strong neighborhoods.

The chamber did not receive a response from candidate Michael Limburg. A Feb. 27 primary will narrow the field from nine candidates to six candidates. Voters will fill three seats on the City Commission during the April 3 general election.


Richard Heckler 11 years, 2 months ago

Bush,Chestnut and Dever appear to have the same songwriter aka real estate/development.....

Emily Hadley 11 years, 2 months ago

Grassroots Action just announced a Lawrence City Commission Candidates Debate next Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lawrence High School. t All nine City Commission candidates have been invited, although I do not know the status of their commitments.

This will be a genuine debate, in that "candidates will be encouraged to address each other directly", rather than a forum to deliver prepared campaign points.

If the candidates all participate and there is a good turnout, I think such a debate should reveal each candidate's true vision for Lawrence and their plan to reach it. I always think it is hard to get to the heart of some candidaes' agendas before they are elected, and that's when it often becomes a debate, so a true debate before the primary should be a good forum for those shared and contrasted views to be articulated.

The commission's small size and the diversity of its members determine so much of its success, I am always interested in seeing how commissioners work with one another to compromise their priorities. I am hoping this debate will be a good preview!

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