Archive for Monday, January 26, 2009

Amyx to seek another term on City Commission

City Commissioner Mike Amyx hopes to keep his seat this spring.

January 26, 2009


City Commissioner Mike Amyx announced Monday that he’ll run for re-election, saying the city needs experienced leaders during tough economic times.

“This is not the time for me to take my plaque and go home and do nothing,” Amyx said at an announcement event at City Hall. “This is a time when I think the city can use my experience.”

Amyx, 55, currently is serving his second stint on the commission. He first served on the commission from 1983 to 1988, then left the City Commission to serve as a county commissioner from 1988 to 1993. He then returned to politics by winning a four-year term on the City Commission in 2005.

Amyx, a Lawrence native and owner of a downtown barber shop, said he thinks the upcoming election will be focused on the economy and how the city deals with scarce revenues.

He said he would fight against efforts to raise the city’s property tax rate and would look for ways for volunteers to help the city accomplish its goals. Amyx also said he would push the city to look at its purchasing policies to ensure that local businesses are considered first for purchases made by the city.

Amyx also said the community will have to decide what “core services” the city should provide, and residents should be prepared to see non-core services cut or reduced.

“This all goes back to the central idea of making sure efficiency in government happens,” Amyx said.

Amyx became the sixth candidate to file for one of the three at-large seats up for election. He is the first incumbent to seek re-election. Commissioner Sue Hack already has said she will not run again. Commissioner Boog Highberger has said he likely will not run again.

Lawrence residents have until noon on Tuesday to file for election. It appears, based on current filings, that Lawrence won’t have a City Commission primary for the first time in at least a decade. Because of a change in state law, at least 10 candidates must file before a primary will be held. The number needed to trigger a primary could be determined to be 11. The new state law is ambiguous on the exact number, and County Clerk Jamie Shew has not yet made a final determination on the number to be used locally.

The general election will be April 7. A primary election, if needed, will be March 3.


WWoftheW 9 years, 3 months ago

Efficient government! He has supported city paying for infrastructure when we couldnt afford it and spent monies that could have taken care of streets and so forth, he supports spending 2 million dollars to raise 87 arces 7 ft to get it out of the flood plain for the chamber. 2 million plus the property mils that were taken away from the T to go to the chamber would go along way in supporting the T and we would not have had to have either sales tax referendums.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 3 months ago

"City Commissioner Mike Amyx announced Monday that he’ll run for re-election, saying the city needs experienced leaders during tough economic times"That ain't you, dude. Take a hike. Get someone else who can respond to citizen input. Get a commissioner who can tell Cor-Less that WE are the elected representatives, not the city manager.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

Mike Amyx is good at talking about trimming the budget. But in the end..... enough said.By the way Mike, Corliss does not run the city. He works for you. Stop following and lead.

Sigmund 9 years, 3 months ago

In a unusually weak and wholly unqualified field of candidates not only will I vote of Amyx but if Boog runs I'd vote for him as well. How depressing is that?

XEPCT 9 years, 3 months ago

I predict a T-like response: a few don't like him, and 70% vote him in.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 3 months ago

Xbusguy, if you think that Core-Less does not run the city, you have been living under the bridge. He and his "staff" dictate almost every item to the spineless, clueless, gutless commissioners. They do not respond to citizens complaints, rather just ignore them. Core-Less calls the dances and the tune and the elected officials dance to his music. Don't make the mistake of believing anything else.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 9 years, 3 months ago

Mike Amyx is a great community leader and a great Democrat. If the party had more candidates like Mike, Kansas might be a blue state.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 3 months ago

c'mon Sigmund, you voting for Boog? that's gotta be parody...or did you buy something from the Boogster and tomorrow you'll sleep it off? no, not voting for Boog here! I've really disagreed with MikeA, but I do respect him. he seems unresponsive because he just doesn't write much e-mail. but you talk with him, he does listen. ***need one more to declare for the PLC/grassrootsaction/IMPAC far leftists. got Aron and Gwen, will it be Boog, or JoshM or maybe MikeR comes back?

Richard Heckler 9 years, 3 months ago

I've never met anyone who dislikes Mike yet still disagree with his votes on many instances. 13 years as a community politician is a very long time. Have taxes and user fees increased during his 13 years which is a legitimate question?Maybe the city is ready for a new democrat or democrats? Nothing wrong with that. Maybe a fiscally responsible thinking republican is among them who will represent all of Lawrence. Someone for instance who is from west Lawrence yet interacts with all neighborhoods and downtown. Maybe some of the new democrats are coming in knowing much about city codes and ordinances. Which is to say they have taken the time to be prepared. And realize economic growth always works for Lawrence,Kansas.

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

Color me blind, but I've yet to vote for a city commision candidate who had an R or a D after their name. Not saying that their personal political bent might not dictate how they serve but the one thing I like about these elections is that I am not voting for a party but a person. Oh wait, that's how I vote in all elections.

Sigmund 9 years, 3 months ago

bearded_gnome (Anonymous) says… "c'mon Sigmund, you voting for Boog? that's gotta be parody…or did you buy something from the Boogster and tomorrow you'll sleep it off?"Have you looked at the other choices? Besides Boog helped to make this mess (along with Amyx) so I think they should be made to clean it up.

Sigmund 9 years, 3 months ago

Hell, I think Sue Hack should be forced to continue to serve. Let them all experience the pain of cleaning up after their messes instead of just walking away.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 3 months ago

I see your point Sigmund. yes, now we have DennisC running, the other PLC/GRA/IMPAC wacko leftie.

rusty2 9 years, 3 months ago

righthanded you are way out of line!Klingenberg filed a medical banktrupcy due to unpaid costs of surgery and disallowed workmen's compensation claims. that's different.i don't know all of the facts but have heard that it wasa medical banktruptcy.

rusty2 9 years, 3 months ago

i don't know Merrill - sometimes his votes just don't make sense or meet common sense requirements.yes there are many that support the SLT - so i can see that he may have a base there. but his votes for the $11 million dollar TIF funding for the Fritzel/Sutherland hotel was just plain wrong to subsidize a privately owned project.

rusty2 9 years, 3 months ago

as they say, "he is willing to carry the water for the developers....."

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