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Amyx to seek another term on City Commission

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

January 26, 2009

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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.

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rusty2 5 years, 2 months ago

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

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rusty2 5 years, 2 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.

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rusty2 5 years, 2 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.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

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

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righthanded 5 years, 2 months ago

I would rather keep Sue Hack.Wouldn't it be something if there was no one to chose from than republicans/conservatives? Only then could I make a solid decision.

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Sigmund 5 years, 2 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.

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righthanded 5 years, 2 months ago

Gwen? Are you friggin serious? What does that unemployed woman know?She filed bankrupt (sound familiar?) You seriously want someone like that making decisions on what happens with your (Mine, because I work) tax dollars?I don't! She can't manage her own finances! Oh I know...all you democrap/leftwits are going to say it is because of her 'back problems' right?She climbs into her vehicle (if it hasn't been repo'd), drives to meetings, sits through the meetings (she has no business attending), but can't work because of her back. Correct?

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Sigmund 5 years, 2 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.

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redmoonrising 5 years, 2 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.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 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.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 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?

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toe 5 years, 2 months ago

Mike is a solid community leader. He needs to be more forceful with city government, but he cares about this community.

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 2 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.

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spacehog 5 years, 2 months ago

Born here over 40 years ago, I wish I could afford to leave, too. I did for 8 yrs. but came back not forseeing what was gonna happen to this town. Mike Amyx, however, is a straight-up guy whom I've known for over 20 years. He's not the problem. Mr. Corliss, on the other hand , is a slimeball who should look for work in MO or LA. For those of you that used to watch the comission meetings on Cable 6, ole Dave was sitting there in the background either half asleep or grinning like a bird-fed cat when some horrible initiative passed. We need a new City Manager.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

frwent, I have heard from the mouths of babes the very thing you are telling Xbusguy.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 2 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.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

No matter who gets elected or re elected, if they start talking about homeless issues, panhandling, traffic calming, saving downtown, listening to the neighborhood groups who have proven to be obstructionists, fundinthe Chamber of Commerce, giving money to Downtown Lawrenece Inc and paying for more bands and parties for downtown. Well, those issues are enough that the plaque should have gone home.God, let's hope they get it right this time, especially if the same are back on. minus one. Maybe Klingenberg for entertainment. The commission has had for some time someone from the so called un neighborly neighborhood groups. and the SLT issue.The commission stole my issue and ran with it, memorial park, they got that done, The didn't run with the idea of forgiving permit fees up to $500 just as a goodwill PR practice. After all, the city staff is sitting down there as I understand it, complaining they don't have much to do.Maybe it would be time for the city hall to give instead of taking.Let's see what our new commission can do in the first 100 days. The past 365 havn't been to impressionable.

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OonlyBonly 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh No! Thank God I'm leaving.

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XEPCT 5 years, 2 months ago

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

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Sigmund 5 years, 2 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?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

The commission wants Corliss, those of the status quo want Corliss, the neighborhood groups want Corliss, the staff even wants Corliss. That city hall could be cleaned out and run with 1/4 less employees. All departments. Trim it bigtime and get ahold of Weseman and tell him to do the same. This is an opportune time to bring fianancial sanity back to this town.xbusguy, this present commission has done nothing but talk about ways to raise revenue, either of their own device or Corliss. Either way all parties are lame in running the city. Get some guts and cut expense. So someone gets laid off or has a pay reduction. I say, first of all cut the pay. We have heard how employees will leave if they make less. Well, let's see how many leave. If they leave, then the reduction has started.No one likes to lose their job. They like the job because of their acquaintances at work. But the fact is, city hall, the county employees, KU , the school district have no respect or consideration as to where their income is derived from.And for that, it is now time to educate them.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 2 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.

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notnowdear 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't like Amyx.Flat out don't like him.I think he is in developers' pockets and lower digestive tract.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

Now don't be so hard on mr . a. He said "he wasn;t going to take his plaque and go home and do nothing: instead he is going to keep his plaque and to to city hall and do nothing.Amyx and the others should fire Corliss while they have a chance because if they don't the whackos running against them will. Boog will announce tomorrow? All bets on?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 2 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.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

At the new mortuary being considered by the Peaceful Rest Corp .Home at last, free at last, :) was there a Pilgrim 1 can't seem to recall

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Pilgrim2 5 years, 2 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront (Anonymous) says…and by the way, you think you can get that boarded up house torn down by Valentines Day.*******But then where will you live?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

now come on mr. A., you "think" the city can use your experience? We want a man who will say. I have experience and the city needs it. Give it to us with meaning.and by the way, you think you can get that boarded up house torn down by Valentines Day. roses are red, violets are blue , a boarded up house, reminds me of you,,, :)

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

This city commission cannot even get a boarded up house that has a demoliton permit, cannot even get it torn down. I guess the owner has no money and the owner's attorney has no clout.

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WWoftheW 5 years, 2 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.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

What happened to the previous posts about this news flash?This is more of the same status quo.

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