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Forklift operator with ‘appetite for politics’ enters race

January 20, 2007

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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.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

"Rundle is very good at his position at the Merc "

When was the last time you were in the Merc?

"but couldn't find his way around a political arena with a map."

If you're the cartographer, that's true of anybody.

davisnin 8 years, 6 months ago

just a bit of paperwork? shoot I'll run

purplesage 8 years, 6 months ago

So, the newpaper has to take a pre-emptive slap at the man because he drives a forklift? That's offensive, LJW. It should never have been the headline and it clearly reverals a bias that "regular" folks are second class and need the elite to lead. I hope more regular folks get into Lawrence politics. They have a lot to offer and don't need the paper raising questions as to qualifications before the race gets started.

Bud Stagg 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm sick of people saying we need to slow down the planning process. It is a joke now. They need to put some emphasis on catching up. The planning dept is a joke.

cellogrl 8 years, 6 months ago

He's a nice guy and pretty smart. I think that he would really shake things up at city hall. Give Mike a chance!

George_Braziller 8 years, 6 months ago

Marion - You say:

"Well, there is nothing wrong with good honest work but that work may in no way qualify the worker to hold public office and Rundle is the Poster Child for this fact.

Rundle is very good at his position at the Merc but couldn't find his way around a political arena with a map."

Let's hear your qualifications. I would guess that there are hmmmmmmmmm ... NONE. You don't even live here.

Godot 8 years, 6 months ago

A candidate who admits to an appetite for politics is refreshing, as much as the admission is revealing. However, admitting to the fault does not give him a "by."

Thanks, Michael, for giving me a reason, up front, to not vote for you.

50YearResident 8 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't it be nice if we had some experianced candidates to run.

1) An Engineer that knows how to build streets and roads without roundabouts.

2) An Accountant with a degree in finance that can manage the taxing and spending for the city.

3) An expert consultant so the city wouldn't have to spend $50.000 every time they need one.

4) An Architect to design a City Library and other buildings for the city.

Well, does anyone see a pattern here?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

"1) An Engineer that knows how to build streets and roads without roundabouts."

The problem isn't with the roundabouts-- it's the drivers. And Highberger is an engineer-- but electrical, not civil. Still, isn't having engineers on paid staff a better way to do that? I don't want a part-time commissioner designing and engineering our roads.

"2) An Accountant with a degree in finance that can manage the taxing and spending for the city."

Very few CEO's of businesses also run the accounting department. Like engineering, let someone who deals with it full-time do the heavy lifting there.

"3) An expert consultant so the city wouldn't have to spend $50.000 every time they need one."

Expert in what? An expert in everything? That pretty much describes every politician who ever ran for office, doesn't it? At least if you ask them.

"4) An Architect to design a City Library and other buildings for the city."

David Dunfield, a commissioner not so long ago, was an architect. He recused himself on any vote that involved architects in any way. It would have mostly been illegal to have done otherwise.

George_Braziller 8 years, 6 months ago

Marion-

I can assure you posts like:

"Your SPIN, RATIONALISATION, EQUIVOCATION and INTENT TO MISLEAD were noted as they passed." Show whose "crap is dumber." Talk about misleading comments and re-directing the conversation!

Sknaht,

George

Thank you for having made people who might have read your crap dumber.

George, Dear Boy; I was not making a comparison; I was only commenting on RUNDLE'S qualifications.

It is not necessary to make comparisons inorder to discuss any subject.

Your SPIN, RATIONALISATION, EQUIVOCATION and INTENT TO MISLEAD were noted as they passed.

Thank you for having made people who might have read your crap dumber. Thanks.

Marion.

kugrad03 8 years, 6 months ago

Mike will be a great asset to the city commission. I applaud his stance on bringing more manufacturing and industrial businesses to Lawrence in order to even out the tax base and really thinking about the planning and zoning of the town. He seems to be the only man that will work for every man.

George_Braziller 8 years, 6 months ago

Marion when you said "Huh?" You were responding to your own posted message. I was quoting you. It didn't make sense to anyone else either.

Sknaht,

George

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