Archive for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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

January 27, 2009


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.


Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 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.

spankyandcranky 8 years, 11 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.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 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.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 11 months ago

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

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