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Board of Realtors endorses commission candidates

James Bush, Rob Chestnut and Mike Dever get the nod

February 12, 2007

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For the first time in its 42-year history, the Lawrence Board of Realtors is endorsing candidates for Lawrence City Commission.

After interviewing seven of nine announced candidates for three seats on the commission, the board's directors have granted endorsements to James Bush, Rob Chestnut and Mike Dever.

Mary Jones, the board's president said that while all seven of the candidates interviewed "share our concern for maintaining Lawrence's quality of life," the three endorsed candidates stand out because of their philosophies regarding "expanding housing opportunity, economic development and job growth."

Board leaders chose not to endorse candidates for Lawrence school board.

Primaries in both races are scheduled for Feb. 27, at which time the fields will be narrowed for the general election April 3.

Comments

Liberal 7 years, 2 months ago

cool,

I am so sorry that you could not hang with the realtors. It sucks to fail, I would say your bitterness over your failure as a realtor is a little sad...:(

How do you like, bussing tables? Have that feeling of accomplishment now?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years, 2 months ago

About signs placed on property on Haskell street, the "hawk" questions those who are running and why they would want to be associated with owners of run down properties. After all, the three who are cojoined by the Realtors are portend to be for neighborhoods, or are they just for NEW neighborhoods of which the realtors can sell or attempt to sell the new homes. The 'hawk" gives a NO VOTE to Bush, Dever, and Chestnut. More of the same with them as what we have.

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

the REALTORS have used decades of hype to make themselves appear professional. i encourage all of you to use OWNER selling methods and your local attorney at an hourly rate and save THOUSANDS of dollars !

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

endorsement by the REALTORS ? that is about as important or 'professional' as endorsement by the used car dealers association. please !

this isn't newsworthy ! endorsement by a bunch of salesman.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

So, your suggestion appears to be that government employees should shut up, work for free, never vote and definitely never hold public office.

Keep the white trash in the trailer park, right, Godot?

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

I want some elected official to demand that I be paid more, regardless of what I produce, regardless of what I sell, regardless of what I contribute to the better good, simply because I exist. Yeah!!! I will vote for that!!!

Oh. Wait. That means I have to be a government employee.

No, thanks.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Boozo, the point is not that goverment employees cannot be trusted, it is that government leaders can be expected to increase the wages of their largest constituent, which is their employees, because that is something they can control.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Boozo, show me a single instance where any Lawrence worker, other than one on the government payroll, received an 8 per cent increase in wages in the last year, for the same work, (that being the same increase that Lawrence educators received last year.)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"No, it was right on point."

Then what was the point? That government employees aren't to be trusted?

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Boozo wrote:"BTW, Godot, ANYONE holding the power of the purse strings can, indeed, positively influence the uptick in wages for a select group of employees, those being, of course, GOVERNMENT employees.

But your point was vague innuendo, not enlightenment."

No, it was right on point.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"So, Boozo, just who among the current candidates are you calling, "white trash?""

To those who are not white, male, aristocratic landowners, of course.

BTW, Godot, ANYONE holding the power of the purse strings can, indeed, positively influence the uptick in wages for a select group of employees, those being, of course, GOVERNMENT employees.

But your point was vague innuendo, not enlightenment.

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justsomewench 7 years, 2 months ago

two points to the person that can spot the job growth and economic development irony in this debaucle:

were amends made appropriately? curious.

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HughJass 7 years, 2 months ago

It doesn't matter who you endorse in Lawrence...we only elect nutballs here.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Let me make this clear: government employees who hold public office with the power of the purse strings can, indeed, positively influence the uptick in wages for a select group of employees, those being, of course, GOVERNMENT employees.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

So, Boozo, just who among the current candidates are you calling, "white trash?"**

**disclaimer: Godot does not condone the use of the phrase, "white trash." Godot simply seeks clarification from the users of the term, and, must, therefore, repeat the perjorative term in an effort to elicit a definitive response.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

Godot would love to go back to the early days of the Republic when only white, male, aristocratic landowners could hold public office.

I'm with Godot. No white trash in elected office-- especially if they ever worked for the government.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

How many of the other candidates make efforts in their dailty jobs to create decent wages for employees? Schauner? Yes!! because the employees he represents are GOVERNMENT employees!

Highberger? YES! Because he IS a government employee.

Maynard-Moody? Who knows? She doesn't even need to make a living. She is retired on a government provided pension and can now pretend to be a business person.

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justsomewench 7 years, 2 months ago

perhaps they envision haskell street to be a main thoroughfare for folks in need of decent housing and jobs? if i frequented haskell street, i think i might just be offended at such a targeted campaign.

tell me, which of these candidates already make efforts in their dayjobs to create decent wages for their employees? any?

do they have to be elected before we hold them accountable for doing the right thing?

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Cool wrote: "would you take the same endorsement by the CAR DEALERS as important ?"

Only if the proposal to fund the library, the sewers, the bio-science incubator at the old Farmland plant, the new sports complex, new art downtown, sprinklers for downtown buildings, and the multiple roundabouts and traffic diverters, were to be funded by additional taxes on vehicles.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

The Board of Realtors have selected their slate of good ole boys to take us back to the good ole days when the purpose of the city commission was career advancement for some aspiring movers and shakers through "community service"-- the service being greasing the skids for whatever development proposal comes before them .

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the reason the signs are on Haskell is because that is a main thoroughfare with lots of traffic. How many people, other than the ones who live there, drive around cul-de-sacs?

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macon47 7 years, 2 months ago

REALTORS make more than some of the folks you mentioned, are you jealous?

i think it is pretty cool to sell your house at a loss and the realator stilll gets his 6% or more ... i would rather trust a car dealer

they did pick some of the better ones unless you need a fork lift driver, a bailsbondsman or a gramma tree hugger

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cool 7 years, 2 months ago

The Board of SELLERS has spoken. WOW !

i am pretty sick of REALTORS. clergy, doctors, attorney, engineer, architect, nurse, these are some of the REAL professionals.

PROFESSIONAL REALTORS ? well they have their 'board' to make it appear that they are not just CAR SALESMAN.

what's the diff ? oh yeah a few give good investment advice but please these endorsements are only as good as the source.

would you take the same endorsement by the CAR DEALERS as important ?

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solsken66 7 years, 2 months ago

This is free advertising for the Board of Realtors. Maybe entice some new arrivals to find a realtor to go house shopping.

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solsken66 7 years, 2 months ago

Maintaining quality of life??? The only reason they endorse job growth is that means more home sales for them. Homes over $200,000.00 or higher are probably the definition of improving the quality of life here in Lawrence.

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solsken66 7 years, 2 months ago

Remember the Board of Realtors does not represent the buyer or seller. They are only in the business for the themselves. Buying a used car has a better warranty whether from a dealer or owner than buying a house which is usually most expensive item a person will purchase in their lifetime. There are no lemon laws to protect a homeowner.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years, 2 months ago

Endorsement is no surprise. Too bad those candidates didn't place some of their signs in front of nice housing. Drive up and down Haskell and see where the signs are. Tell the "hawk" that these candidates are for improving quality of life. The three endorsed will do little to nothing. They will not be any better than the 3 up for re election. It is a shame and especially since the Chamber and Board of Realtors roped a minister into their fold. The "hawk" has heard that the good Reverend's fold isn't too happy about his new godly mission.

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