A forklift driver at Amarr Garage Door group has filed papers to become the sixth candidate in the upcoming City Commission election.
Michael Limburg filed the paperwork Friday and said his campaign will urge better planning for the community.
"The big issue for me is basically the zoning and growth of Lawrence," Limburg said. "I feel we're not really planning it out. We need to slow it down and plan a little bit better. I also would like for us to have more emphasis on industry rather than residential growth."
Limburg said he had unsuccessfully sought office two previous times in Olathe, and decided to enter the Lawrence race after seeing the field was less than full.
"I guess I've got an appetite for politics," Limburg said.
Limburg, 38, said he has been living in Lawrence for the past five years.
He becomes the sixth candidate seeking one of the three at-large seats. If one more candidate files, it will force a Feb. 27 primary. The general election is April 3. Candidates have until noon Tuesday to file for the race.
Other candidates in the race: Commissioners Boog Highberger and David Schauner; Rob Chestnut, chief financial officer of Allen Press; Mike Dever, the owner of a Lawrence environmental consulting firm; and Carey Maynard-Moody, a retired school social worker.
Commissioner Mike Rundle holds the third seat up for election. He announced Thursday he would not seek another term.