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Seventh city commission candidate files, ensuring primary on Feb. 27

January 22, 2007


A pastor of a Lawrence church who thinks the city needs to do more to implement previously approved growth plans has become the seventh candidate to file for the city commission race.

James Bush, the senior pastor at Lawrence's First Southern Baptist Church, filed the paperwork this morning to run for one of three at-large seats on the commission. His filing will ensure that there will be a primary on Feb. 27 to narrow the field to six candidates.

Bush said he decided to seek a seat on the commission after becoming frustrated by hearing candidates and commissioners say the city needs to do more planning.

"Horizon 2020, the city's comprehensive plan, is a tremendous, visionary plan that we should move forward on," Bush said. "It is not additional planning that we need. It is implementation that we need."

Bush said he'll promote himself as a pro-growth candidate who is interested in expanding the community's tax base.

"I don't think development is a bad thing," Bush said. "When I hear comments like 'we need more planning,' that doesn't sound like progress to me. It begins to come across as 'we don't want anymore people living in Lawrence.'"

Bush, 41, has lived in Lawrence since the end of 2002.

Candidates have until noon on Tuesday to file for the race. The general election will be April 3.

Two of the three incumbents - Commissioners Boog Highberger and David Schauner - have filed for re-election. Commissioner Mike Rundle announced that he will not seek another term.

Others who have filed are: Rob Chestnut, chief financial officer at Allen Press; Mike Dever, owner of a Lawrence-based environmental consulting firm; Carey Maynard-Moody, a retired school social worker; and Michael Limburg, a forklift operator with Amarr Garage Door Group.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Looks like the religious right is trying to broaden its candidate-training program. They used to only start out with school board elections.

Sigmund 9 years ago

I love how open minded and tolerant Lawrencians are, its always at the top of the list of reasons people decide to live here!

lefthanded 9 years ago

Good point Baille. Interestingly, Jesus steered clear of politics almost entirely. At least what we know of him. It appears political correctness was not his thing either. His gig consisted mainly of preaching on heaven and hell, belief that he is the son of God, loving him and loving others more than yourself. The senior pastor's primary, really, only concern is to his congregation. If the committment to city commission is such that he can continue as senior pastor in that capacity then no problem. If it's such that he isn't giving the time necessary for his congregation then he has to decide which he should do. WWJD is an excellent question, hopefully one the young pastor is considering.

truthhurts 9 years ago

Why would you assume he is "religious right" simply because he is a pastor?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

You don't get much more "religious right" than the Southern Baptists are.

Funny how merely noting that he is from the religious right gets twisted into saying he has no right to run. I didn't say that, and I don't think that.

Doesn't mean I'll vote for him, though.

newatthezoo 9 years ago

speaking of the religious right southern baptists... can you get anymore right than Bill Clinton, member a southern baptist church in little rock and Jimmy Carter a southern baptist from plains ga...

truthhurts 9 years ago

All I'm asking is that you (and everyone else) listen to what the man has to say and keep an open mind.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"speaking of the religious right southern baptists... can you get anymore right than Bill Clinton, member a southern baptist church in little rock and Jimmy Carter a southern baptist from plains ga..."

So was Bill Moyers, but all of those folks came up in the church when the doctrine was entirely different from what exists today. They've pretty much purged any independent thought, particularly within the clergy, which happens to include this guy.

Regardless of what his relgion is, his statements in this article indicate he intends to be a rubberstamp for developers for whatever they propose, so he won't get my vote.

My guess is he has higher political aspirations, and wants to add chamber of commerce voters to the religious right voters he already would depend on.

Baille 9 years ago

Horizon 2020 is too limited in scope and in character. Our historic difficulty in successful urban planning comes from a lack of advanced planning and the lack of a whole-system vision. For instance, we continue to develop the perimeter of Lawrence while allowing our core to give way to the blight of temporary housing and a transient population.

Doesn't sound like Pastor Bush agrees with that much. Full steam ahead on our current course will get us to Topeka-lite. I don't want that - no matter what the J-man would do.

Bud Stagg 9 years ago

Baille, I agree with you about the core, in a perfect world.

To re-developed already developed areas does not bring growth. We need more housing, more business in this town to bring in NEW people and growth. It is also much more expensive to tear down and build again or else more developers would do it. We don't need to drive housing or developement costs up, they need to come down.

Mkh 9 years ago

"Horizon 2020, the city's comprehensive plan, is a tremendous, visionary plan that we should move forward on," Bush said

This is why he will Not win in the primary imo.

Baille 9 years ago

Well, Joehawk, there are more ways to encourage reusing the core than just forcing developers to tear down and rebuild - and while I am not averse to more growth I think it needs to be planned to fit within a comprehensive vision for the whole community. Otherwise we end up with sprawl decay. While we may never live in a perfect world, that doesn't mean we should stop trying to make the world we do live in a better place to be.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"Bring on Holroyd!"

Corn Cobs are not what we need.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

He'd be a total disaster, but he would be entertaining.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

"the like,"

You mean like the city as a whole?

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

This man is not paying attention to the current news.

Sigmund 9 years ago

Ok silly question, but why the "run off election?" Why not just take the top three vote getters no matter how many candidates there are in the general election?

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