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.