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January 24, 2007

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Talk of changing the city's smoking ban and moving the library into the former Riverfront Mall will be campaign issues during the 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. The general election is April 3.

Smoking at bars

Davis, who performs acoustic guitar under the stage name Basin, said he would lobby for a change in the city's smoking ban. Specifically, 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, also said he was 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 commissioners spend more time on road maintenance and other city services.

He'll also push for changes in the city's building code that would require new construction to be more environmentally friendly by perhaps requiring the use of more solar energy and better insulation.

"This town has a history of progressive, new ideas, but on the green front it seems to have fallen backward compared to other cities," Davis said.

Davis, who lives at 941 Ind., has lived in Lawrence since 1996, he said.

Library ideas

Fields, who owns Applejack's and AJ's bail bonds, said he would push for the city to relocate the library to the former Riverfront Mall building rather than build a new $30 million structure.

"I got to thinking about the old mall building and how it would make a great library, a spacious library, and would really be second to none," Fields said. "There's a whole generation of people in this town who have never been in that building and seen that view, and that is a real shame."

Fields said he also hoped that renovating the Riverfront Mall building would be less expensive than building a new $30 million library.

The ownership group of the building is led by members of the Simons family, who own the Journal-World and its parent company, The World Company.

Fields, 46, said he also wants the city to put energy into cleaning downtown sidewalks and making the area more presentable to visitors.

"I'd like us to look at purchasing some machinery to vacuum and scrub the sidewalk better," Fields said. "Maybe we can squeeze that into one of those pork-barrel budgets."

Fields, who lives at 1201 Ohio, has been in Lawrence since 1989, he said.

Other candidates

Here's a look at candidates who filed earlier for the race:

¢ James Bush, 41, is senior pastor at Lawrence's First Southern Baptist Church. Bush, 3717 Crossgate Terrace, said he'll run a campaign urging the city to do more to implement previously approved growth plans that are part of Horizon 2020, the city's comprehensive plan.

¢ Rob Chestnut, 45, is chief financial officer for Lawrence-based Allen Press. Chestnut, 5209 Fox Chase Drive, said his financial experience and background of creating consensus in large corporations would be assets to the City Commission.

¢ Mike Dever, 43, is owner of GuideWire Consulting, a Lawrence-based environmental consulting firm. Dever, 1124 Oak Tree Drive, said the city needs to do more to embrace growth and work to decrease its reliance on residential property taxes.

¢ Commissioner Boog Highberger is seeking a second four-year term. Highberger, 47, is an attorney for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Highberger, 1301 Vt., said he wants to continue to work on community planning issues, such as how to make the city more pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

¢ Michael Limburg, 38, is a forklift operator for Amarr Garage Door Group. Limburg, 608 Maine, said he thinks the city may need to slow growth in order to have a better opportunity to plan for it, and attract more industrial development.

¢ Carey Maynard-Moody, 62, is a retired school social worker. Maynard-Moody, 1645 Barker Ave., said she would run a campaign that emphasizes making Lawrence more environmentally friendly and attracting environmentally friendly businesses.

¢ Commissioner David Schauner has served two, two-year terms. Schauner, 61, is general counsel for the Kansas National Education Association. Schauner, 5002 Jeffries Court, said he'll campaign on creating fiscally responsible government and improving job-creation efforts and planning processes.

Three at-large seats are up for election on the five-member City Commission. Commissioner Mike Rundle is not seeking another term.

Comments

HoosierPride 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm predicting Davis, Dever and Chestnut will win the three seats that are up for this election.

oldgoof 8 years, 2 months ago

Hoosier, you might want to ease up. Since 100% of your posts are about Davis, readers here will all acknowledge Mr. Davis has at least one friend. . We look forward to learning more about all of the candidates.

cutny 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh boy. Predictions. Nostradamus might be proud, but I could personally care less Hoosier as they are essentially based on nothing.

oldgoof 8 years, 2 months ago

Hoosier, I apologize. Not enough caffine. You have posted about other topics. But I still think you laying it on a little thick for Mr. Davis.

HoosierPride 8 years, 2 months ago

No problem oldgoof. I personally have no real attachment to Mr. Davis. I do however think that someone of his age demographic should be on the city commission. It is about time that those of us who have the longest amout of time left to live in this city have a voice in how it is run.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

"It is about time that those of us who have the longest amout of time left to live in this city have a voice in how it is run."

Considering that his main platform seems to be a repeal of the smoking ban, I'm not so sure that he qualifies.

HoosierPride 8 years, 2 months ago

JABOTB-

You might want to go back and reread the article. He mention other items as well. People seem to focus on the smoking ban thing even though he is not even advocating a full repeal of the ban.

Jamesaust 8 years, 2 months ago

So those are the choices, huh? Hmmmmm........I wonder if voter turnout will be down.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

What difference does it make, James? The way the commission is structured, they aren't really supposed to accomplish anything anyway, so it really doesn't make that much difference who fills the chairs, does it?

Meatwad 8 years, 2 months ago

Who on earth would want to go back to having smoky bars and restaurants? AND he's an environmentalist?? Is this guy a total joke?? I don't want to breathe smoke after 10pm. That's when I go out to concerts!! UGH!! He should just move to Topeka if he wants to pollute the insides of buildings so badly. Good riddance! Leave Lawrence alone! I will make sure I get out and vote so that I DON'T vote for for this crackpot who wants everyone to go back to stinking clothes and breathing smoke. YUCK

GhettoSweetP 8 years, 2 months ago

It's not about "smoking". Its about the rights of business owners and market demands. If consumers really wanted non-smoking establishments they'd vote with their $$ instead of whining to govt to fix the problem for them. Plus, smoking isn't the biggest cause of air pollution but people won't stop driving their SUVs.

Confrontation 8 years, 2 months ago

Hey Jake Davis, maybe you suck as a musician, and that's why no one goes to see you perform. I doubt the smoking ban has anything to do with it.

braden_quinn 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe Davis is more concerned that the smoking ban was not put to an up or down vote for the public to decide.

I don't even smoke and I was kind of irritated that 3 city commissioners were making that kind of decision for the entire city. If you talk to business owners whom this ban has effected you can definitely get an ear full.

Meatwad 8 years, 2 months ago

Slave traders were PO'd when slavery got outlawed too. Smoking's not even outlawed, only smoking indoors in public places is. (THANK GOODNESS!) Most of my friends who smoke PREFER to smoke outside anyway. I doubt this Davis person will get any votes at all. Some bars love to USE the smoking ban as an excuse for their low business. Bars were going in and out of business LONG before the smoking ban, don't forget. :)

Meatwad 8 years, 2 months ago

So the owner has to buy a 3 series BMW instead of a 5 series. Boo hoo.

budwhysir 8 years, 2 months ago

Do they ever have a walking race? I dont like to run now adays

braden_quinn 8 years, 2 months ago

good point psychofan. I'm sure they all have more than just one point to make. LJworld probably just jumped all over the hot button issues.

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