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Eight candidates file for City Commission election — not enough for primary

January 27, 2009

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The race for the Lawrence City Commission is set, and for the first time in recent memory it won’t involve a primary election.

Eight candidates filed before the noon deadline today:

• Mike Amyx, a downtown barber shop owner and the lone incumbent to file for re-election.

• Price Banks, a Lawrence attorney who previously served as the city’s director of planning from 1982 to 1994.

• James Bush, a sales and marketing professional for Maceli’s, a downtown catering business.

• Dennis Constance, a custodial supervisor at Kansas University and a former city commissioner in the late 1980s.

• Aron Cromwell, the owner Cromwell Environmental, a downtown environmental consulting firm.

• Lance Johnson, the owner of the Peridian Group, a Lawrence-based civil engineering firm.

• Tom Johnson, the student adviser and general manager of KJHK, a Kansas University radio station.

• Gwen Klingenberg, president of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods.

The field guarantees at least two new faces on the five-member City Commission. Incumbents Sue Hack and Boog Highberger did not file for re-election. The other two commissioners — Mayor Mike Dever and Commissioner Rob Chestnut — will remain on the board. They have terms that last two more years.

Previously primary elections were held if more than six candidates filed for the City Commission, but a new state law was approved that pushed the number to at least 10 candidates.

The general election will be April 7.

Comments

hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

ONe thing about this election, the JW will have to milk the heck out of the stories about the race. After all, there is no primary but a long to go to the Final Dance and nothing of substance for issues.I will vote against any of them if they revive homeless shelters, traffic calming devices, living wage, saving downtown, giving money to Downtown Lawrence Inc, giving any money to the Chamber of Commerce and that is the short list. Any of those and: Pity poor Lawrence in 2009.

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gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 2 months ago

What, no Richard Heckler on the ballot? He's an expert at everything... except comma usage.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

I suspect merrill will vote for Klingenberg, Constance, and Amyx as long as they continue to fund a neighborhood coordinator for Brookcreek, the are that wants sidewalks but doesn't want to have a volunteer coordinator. I suspect Brookcreek will continue to be whored by the city and Neighborhood Resources and slighted all the way in terms of resources.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Comm Hack may be leaving but Al Hack is part of the Lance Johnson campaign. Commissioner Hack won't be too far away. Comm Hack will still be employed,I assume, with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is loaded with real estate and development people. In fact First Management(Mr. Compton) and the Schwada men both have their legal counsel as sitting board members of the Chamber and a Schwada in person.Face it Lance Johnson works with developers and real estate people. That's his job. James Bush has a brother involved in development.I suspect Bush and Johnson will vote as Commissioners Hack,Dever,Amyx and Chestnut do. I would rather imagine Price Banks would also.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

spankyandcranky, it is more fun the other way, that is to watch the candidates spend money on signs and ads, sometimes twice around. now the fun is gone...just think of how much more time these candidates have to waste going to various league of women voter meetings, neighborhood meetings, city commission meetings, to make it look like they are honing up on their potential job, not to mention the various interviews to be given to show their focus, their vision, their caring and concern, and not to forget, their ignorance about real problems.

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spankyandcranky 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't see the law as exclusionary. Without a primary, won't we still be voting, but just once instead of twice? Won't we be able to vote for anyone who's running? What's the big problem there? Seems less time consuming to me and that's a positive in my book.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

I want a city commissioner who has the guts to show up when a business closes and places a black wreath on the door. That's the kind of person I want. Somone with guts.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 2 months ago

Lawrence needs some realistic thinking people to help clue the others in. Our city is going down hill, and building up steam. Stop the spend now and pay later BS, before it is too late.

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cheeseburger 5 years, 2 months ago

The good news is that Hack and Boog will go bye-bye; the sad news is that I don't see three good choices to replace them! Two maybe, but I don't see a good third one. It surely won't be Gwen 'I can't manage my own affairs but I want to run the city' Klingenberg!

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swan_diver 5 years, 2 months ago

What's this new state law? Isn't the Commission-Manager form of government in cities of the first class in Kansas undemocratic enough already -- with it token salaries, beauty-contest elections, and ribbon-cutting-only mayoralities? The 'system' stank badly enough as it was, as evidenced by one humiliatingly low voter turnout after another. But the primary gave potential 'also-rans' a chance to break through the haze in a preliminary election cycle, to receive enough public exposure to make a serious run for office in the general election.This new law is exclusionary by intent, and has been perpetrated as yet another fraud upon the citizens of our towns and cities -- by the same banking and business interests who have snookered us all for decades. I wonder if our local legislative delegation and their cohorts in the Political Science and Public Administration Departments at KU are party to this crime. That wouldn't surprise me one bit.Lawrence has historically had a corrupt and mediocre governmental system. Unfortunately, if not predictively, by the measure of representation of the public will -- it's growing worse, in the new century.As many observers of the nation's political and economic malaise have noted -- it's not just corrupt and incompetent public leaders and administrators who are responsible for running the country into the ground. It's the stupidity and complacency of its so-called citizenry. The same factor would apply to the lazy stay-at-home whiners, known as the 'voting public' of Lawrence.

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