Archive for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Two more candidates enter City Commission race

January 23, 2007, 12:52 p.m. Updated January 23, 2007, 4:41 p.m.


Talk of changing the city's smoking ban and moving the city's library into the former Riverfront Mall will be topics during the upcoming city commission election, thanks to two last-day filers for the race.

Jake Davis, a local musician and data entry worker at Pearson Government Solutions, and Sam Fields, a Lawrence bail bondsman, both filed just hours before Tuesday's noon deadline. The two filings set the stage for a Feb. 27 primary where voters will narrow the field from nine candidates to six.

Fields, 46, 1201 Ohio, said he has lived in Lawrence since 1989. He has owned AJ's and Applejack's bonding companies for 12 years.

Fields said he decided to run for the commission because he favors putting a new library at the Riverfront Mall and he wants a cleaner downtown.

Davis, who performs acoustic guitar under the stage name Basin, said he'll lobby for a change in the city's smoking ban. Specifcially, he said he would like the city to allow smoking in bars after 10 p.m.

"With Topeka and lots of other cities not having a ban, we're still at a pretty good disadvantage," Davis said.

Davis, 28, 941 Ind., also said he has been disappointed that city commissioners have spent time debating issues that are far outside of their reach - such as a resolution related to the Iraq War. He said he would rather see the commission spend more time on road maintenance and other essential city services.

There will be a primary Feb. 27. 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 would not seek another term.

Those who previously filed for city commission include James Bush, a Lawrence pastor; 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.


Bud Stagg 11 years, 5 months ago

With this many candidates, it means the current admin is doing a BAAAAD Job!

HoosierPride 11 years, 5 months ago

I don't know anything about this Sam Fields guy, but Jake Davis is a real bright guy. He has some very interesting ideas about how to fix some of the problems in this city. I've only heard him speak once but I was real impressed. I think he probably is at the top of the list of candidates at this point. He must have really struggled with whether or not he would run since he always seems to be such a prompt and squared away guy. A real dark horse candidate.

HoosierPride 11 years, 5 months ago

He is a local musician who speaks during his shows. Fascinating fellow. His lack of previous Lawrence politics makes him an ideal candidate.

mechman 11 years, 5 months ago

boog & schauner ..............PACK YOUR BAGS YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 11 years, 5 months ago

I will vote for ANYONE except the current crop of commissioners. Any local governing body that is so detached and aloof from the voters, any governing body that is so ineffectuve as this crop of do-nothings, deserves the ash heap of history. Out with them all!!!

neverwrong 11 years, 5 months ago

Jake is super intelligent. If he sets his mind to this he is certainly a formidable candidate. I'm not positive where he stands on all of the relevant issues, but I do know that he cares greatly for the city of Lawrence. I will be interested to see how this develops.

50YearResident 11 years, 5 months ago

Why didn't the city buy the Riverfront Mall when it was for sale? LjWorld knew a good deal when they saw it.

GhettoSweetP 11 years, 5 months ago

shirinisb - Sounds like you have the ethics problem. With "friends" like you, who needs enemies? Why don't you give him a call and say it to his face if you feel strongly enough to post it online?

Anyone who can pull off such an awesome Tsumani benefit concert can do this job.

neverwrong 11 years, 5 months ago

shirinisb - So are you saying you party with 15 year olds? If so, was there alcohol involved?

doc1 11 years, 5 months ago

The smoking ban is not going to change bozo. It might get you a few votes, but you have got to be kidding me. You must have more than one agenda to be willing to take on the responsibility of a city commishioner.

shirinisb 11 years, 5 months ago


hahahahahahhahaahh We tell him all the time to his face.

George_Braziller 11 years, 5 months ago

Just remember:

The job of being a city commissioner is pretty much the same as being an elected representative on a not-for-profit board of directors. They can ONLY act on the information that they are given. That's one of the reasons that Mike Wildgen lost his job. He lost the understanding of the limits of his power, was not taking charge of the operations of the city, and wasn't providing the information to or feedback from the city staff.

The commission IS meant to be a representation of the residents but unfortunately they end up being the target for anyone who does or doesn't agree with the recommendations of city staff.

It's a sucky job and will consume a major portion of his or her life for the entire term served. Whether you agree with the individual commissioners or not on their decisions you should at least understand what being a commisioner entails.

shirinisb 11 years, 5 months ago


I am a college student and I cannot control who is at parties that have over 100 people in 1 house. I'm also not running for city commission so my ethics aren't in question here.

sorry dude.

classclown 11 years, 5 months ago

I could point it out, but I won't. I'll leave it for someone else.

shirinisb 11 years, 5 months ago

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deec 11 years, 5 months ago

Actually this is relatively few candidates for commission. In the late '80s and '90s, there were usually 12-16 candidates at the primary.

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