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Flory hopes to hit ground running as new Douglas County commissioner

November 4, 2008


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Republican Jim Flory, a longtime Douglas County politician, took home another victory Tuesday night as he secured a seat on the Douglas County Commission.

Flory, a former Douglas County district attorney and retired federal prosecutor, defeated Democrat Ken Grotewiel, a retired Kansas Water Office official, 10,556 votes to 8,317 votes.

"I think a lot of people were familiar with me and the fact that I had been here a long time and involved in county government," said Flory, 60, a lifelong county resident whose family has deep roots here.

Grotewiel, 59, a former state legislator from Wichita and retired Kansas Water Office official, said both candidates ran on their strengths. He had advocated for balancing growth in the county with preserving green space.

"A lot of people responded to that, but not enough," said Grotewiel, who moved to Lawrence about a year ago.

Flory said he hoped to hit the ground running when he takes office in January. One of his priorities will be have the county commission and local legislative delegation be supportive of a consensus on completing the South Lawrence Trafficway.

The Third District includes western Lawrence, Lecompton and the western part of the county. It has traditionally leaned Republican.


chzypoof1 6 years, 5 months ago

It's not the responsibility of the county to make people drive safer. The bypass is NOT causing the wrecks, it's stuipid drivers. I hope this guy can finally push this measure past the frivolous lawsuits, and get the SLT completed.poof

Jaysbird 6 years, 5 months ago

Boy you people DO NOT get it at all do you? It should not be a surprise to anyone why we are in the mess we are in.You are correct that the county commissioners do not design highways, I never suggested that the county commissioners design a better road.The county commissioners CAN recommend a road alignment and that is what needs to be reconsidered. Yes the problem is stupid drivers and to continue to support a stupid road alignment along 32nd street will only compound the problem of stupid drivers not understanding how to use a road.Once again the problem is having a trafficway/bypass/highway, (remember this is Highway 10), that has on grade intersections and aligned as a city road with people driving 45 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.What is your future view of this road? Will it ever become 4 lanes? Should it be a city road with just the intent to relive traffic from 23rd street? Or is it a K10 bypass as was envisioned in the 1970's as a way to bypass traffic around Lawrence on the K10 corridor between Johnson County and Topeka?If you want a bypass then think about the future growth of Lawrence to the south, and not just a 10 year future but how about a 50 year future vision. If you think to the future and want a true bypass, then an alignment south of the Wakarusa River is the only sensible choice.If you want a local feeder road to alleviate traffic from 23rd street then look at improving 31st street to 4 lanes and with a 45 mph speed limit.Think to the future, or be doomed to repeat the mistake of the past and continue to support the 32nd street alignment as envisioned in the 1970's.

somebodynew 6 years, 5 months ago

And the design is NOT the county fault (if it is wrong) it is a KDOT road and they designed it.

Jaysbird 6 years, 5 months ago

You better rethink your position on the SLT route, and take a long hard look at how dangerous a 2 lane on grade intersection "highway/traficway" can be when it is geographically placed as a "local' road with people driving 45 mph in a 65 mph zone.Think about a road alignment serving 2020 instead of 1970, and most of all consider the safety of your constituencies.

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