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.