City Commission candidate James Bush said Tuesday that he was "opposed to discrimination in any form," but had questions about a proposed domestic partnership registry in Lawrence.
"I do know the city has an ordinance that addresses discrimination in hiring practices," he said. "The questions I have in regard to this registry is what the economic impacts are from such a registry, and have these consequences been fully considered?"
Bush, the senior pastor at Lawrence's First Southern Baptist Church, made his comments Tuesday during an online chat at LJWorld.com.
On other topics, Bush said:
l He supports a 32nd Street alignment for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
"I believe it is a long-overdue transportation improvement that needs to happen," he said, later adding: "This is an example of how local government has to make decisions that provide the greatest benefit to the largest number of people while doing the least amount of harm."
l He believes the planning process has been used improperly to stall development at the behest of vocal opponents.
"I don't like changing the rules in the middle of the game," he said. "I think that is what has led in a large part to a negative image of Lawrence by prospective business and industries looking to grow here."
l He advocates a new, expanded library in Lawrence - though he said he is unsure how to pay for the proposed $30 million construction and operating costs.
The primary election is Tuesday; the top six candidates will advance to the April 3 general election, where three will be chosen to take office.
Candidates Boog Highberger and Mike Dever will take questions online at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today, respectively. All other candidates are chatting throughout the week; the transcripts can be found at LJWorld.com.