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.