Lawrence City Commission candidates Rob Chestnut and Carey Maynard-Moody were online Monday at LJWorld.com to discuss campaign issues.
The two differed on several questions posed by commenters at the Web site.
¢ On the South Lawrence Trafficway: Chestnut suggested it is time to move forward with completion of the trafficway.
"We have a traffic problem in East Lawrence that is not acceptable. I was a commuter for several years to Kansas City and found myself driving through neighborhoods that have no business handling commuter traffic," Chestnut wrote.
He said he wanted to see the final recommendations on the trafficway's eastern leg from the Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation, including an environmental impact study.
"I want to support that recommendation and see the project move forward," he wrote.
"It always has been and still is very important to me that Lawrence show all due respect to all citizens including our neighbors including Haskell Nations University," she said. "The SLT shows disrespect for them."
¢ On a "domestic registry" for gay and unmarried couples: Maynard-Moody said she was supportive.
"Human rights should not distinguish between race, religion, gender, sexual orientation," she said.
Chestnut said he needs more information to make an "informed decision."
"I would like to ensure that we are not going to have any legal entanglements going forward in considering the domestic partner registry," he said.
¢ On library expansion: Both candidates said changes are needed.
"We need to improve from a facility that was built in 1972," Chestnut said.
"Our library has been brought to its knees from neglect," Maynard-Moody said.
The primary election is a week from today; the top six candidates will advance to the April 3 general election, where three will be chosen to take office.