Archive for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Candidates file finance reports

April 1, 2009


Complete list of contributors

As Lawrence City Commission candidates sprint toward the April 7 election, the lone incumbent in the field had the most success in raising funds, according to new reports.

City Commissioner Mike Amyx took in $12,453 in campaign contributions from Feb. 20 to March 26, according to new reports released Tuesday by the Douglas County Clerk’s office.

“The responses from people have been positive,” said Amyx, a downtown barber shop owner. “I can tell you that people have a lot of concern about taxes on their homes and businesses, and what services are going to look like after the budget.”

Lance Johnson, the owner of a Lawrence civil engineering firm, collected the second-highest amount of money during the time period. Johnson, however, has raised the most money since the first of the year. During the first reporting period, Johnson raised $12,435. During the most recent reporting period he raised $10,300.

Here’s a look at the totals for each of the candidates:

• Amyx: $12,453 from 182 contributors. For all of 2009, he’s raised $14,313.

• Lance Johnson: $10,300 from 107 contributors. 2009 total of $22,735.

• Price Banks, a Lawrence attorney: $7,330 from 73 contributors. 2009 total of $10,525.

• Aron Cromwell, owner of a Lawrence environmental consulting firm: $6,255 from 43 contributors. 2009 total of $19,125, although $8,000 of the total is a loan from himself.

• James Bush, a sales and marketing professional for Maceli’s: $5,265. Of that total, $4,150 came from 30 contributors. The remaining $1,095 came from an unknown number of contributors who gave less than $50 each. 2009 total of $10,436.

• Gwen Klingenberg, a private music instructor: $3,320. Of that total, $1,525 came from 10 contributors. The remaining $1,695 came from an unknown number of contributors who gave less than $50 each. 2009 total of $5,970.

• Dennis Constance, custodial supervisor at Kansas University: $2,260 from 37 contributors. 2009 total $2,806.

• Tom Johnson, general manager for Kansas University’s student-run radio station, was not required to report because he’s agreed to raise and spend less than $500.


Phil Minkin 8 years, 10 months ago

This is essentially the primary we didn't have. You can see who the big money folks (C of C) voted their $$ for. Only by getting people out to the poles can we overcome the big bucks. Political golden rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules

walkingonwater 8 years, 10 months ago

Hey swan, some reports say turnout could be as low as 8%.

madameX 8 years, 10 months ago

If the city holds elections and no one shows up, is that the fault of the city or the voters? I agree that it doesn't say much for civic participation either way, but it's not like people are prevented from voting, apparently they just can't be bothered, and whose fault is that?

jade 8 years, 10 months ago

The Lawrence Sustainability Network asked the eight candidates for three seats on the Lawrence City Commission to tell us where they stand on sustainability. Click on this link to find out how they answered:

Then please pass this site along to everyone you know, and vote for sustainability on April 7, 2009.

ConstantlyAmazed 8 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jade, I did. Good stuff there. I'm not saying that sustainability is my number one concern, but I will say everyone seemed to put thought in to it.

I know I've turned in to a supporter, but you should read Lance Johnson's comments. He finds a way to show why job creation is important in every answer.

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