Archive for Friday, March 27, 2009

Competition for Jones’ County Commission seat heating up; Highberger confirms interest

March 27, 2009


One candidate has begun campaigning to fill the Douglas County Commission seat that will be open by the resignation of Charles Jones, and another candidate may soon start.

Mike Gaughan — a 31-year old legislative assistant to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and former director of the state’s Democratic Party, confirmed Friday that he’s seeking the seat.

“I think it is an incredible opportunity, with the economy as challenging as it is, to work on the county budget and make sure it reflects the values of the community,” said Gaughan, who has been in Lawrence since 1996.

Outgoing City Commissioner Boog Highberger also confirmed that he’s seriously considering seeking the position.

Democratic precinct committee members in the County Commission’s First District — which is entirely within the Lawrence city limits — will choose Jones’ replacement at 10 a.m. on April 4 at a special convention at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Highberger, who has served on the City Commission for six years but is not seeking re-election, said he would bring valuable experience to the three-member County Commission.

“And it would make me feel less guilty about leaving the City Commission during these tough economic times,” Highberger said.

Highberger, a longtime opponent of plans to build the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands, said the County Commission seat also would give him another chance to work on that issue.

“It would give me one last opportunity to resolve the SLT issue in a way that would not create a lot of serious environmental problems for the community,” Highberger said.

There are 22 precinct committee members who are eligible to vote at the special convention. They will cast secret ballots following short speeches from any candidates who are nominated for the position.

Jones, a Democrat who has served for 10 years on the County Commission, announced earlier this month that he would resign to devote more time to his job with Kansas University.

His resignation comes three months into the first terms of his two fellow commissioners. Democrat Nancy Thellman and Republican Jim Flory were elected in November and began serving in January.


somebodynew 9 years, 2 months ago

NOOOOOOO!!! We have had way too much of Boog. I think he is a good person, and belives in what he says, but he needs to just retire and "consult" or something.

tonymontana 9 years, 2 months ago

i guess you could say we're in need of... somebodynew. sorry i couldn't resist.

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

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walkingonwater 9 years, 2 months ago

Not sure if he lives in the correct district, but I would much rather see Mike Amyx go for this position with the County, then be through with Boog. Granted, he cannot express interest in the position, but why wouldn't he be interested?

somebodynew 9 years, 2 months ago

@tonymontana - that was good !! I

But I am definately not quailified - and they really wouldn't put up with my realistic comments.

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

since we all cant prove boog smokes dope what we can prove is he has done nothing but dadism and pot charges go off your record what a job he has done. not.go home boog clean up your house first

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

Rundel is going to take a shot from what I here just remember he was investigated by the AG office for bribes and he didnt get charged because it was two weeks past the two years they had to charge him this I know because because I sat with the people for two hours giving statments about how he wanted goods and services for free so lets see rundle show up april 4

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

no just the truth, douglas county dosnt need those failures

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 2 months ago

Please tell me I didn't read this right? Headline: Douglas County secedes from the Land of Ahhs, Renames itself La La Land. We could all do the fairy dance while holding hands in a ring and singing, " Somewhere, over the __." Feel free to fill in the blank.

funkdog1 9 years, 2 months ago

What specifically do you all have against Boog? Not rumor and innuendo. Specifics. And if you think there aren't other members of the city commission smoking dope then you're highly deluded. This is Lawrence. Every third person is high on occasion.

funkdog1 9 years, 2 months ago

sorry. didn't mean to imply that Boog smokes anything.

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

funk tell me one good thing boog has done for the city that he got done

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

Kirk McClure might be a good choice for democrats to consider with his considerable knowledge in Urban Planning.

Education Ph. D., City Planning, University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning, 1985. Concentrations in Housing Economics and Public Finance.

Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 1978. Specialization in Housing Policy Analysis.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1974. Special Major in Urban Studies.

Bachelor of Architecture, Graduated With Distinction

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

merrill you have done lost it. what is there to plan in douglas county havent you heard nothing is being built and none of your people have ever brought jobs to lawrence so what now merrill

Linda Aikins 9 years, 2 months ago

No because I will never forgive him for that nasty letter.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

"458casul (Anonymous) says… merrill you have done lost it. what is there to plan in douglas county havent you heard nothing is being built and none of your people have ever brought jobs to lawrence so what now merrill"

Taxpayers need someone such as Kirk McClure who has credentials to manage growth in an economically sound manner and knows how to produce economic growth from flooded residential and retail markets. A person who knows what steps to take.

Your people have had majority control of the county,city and planning commissions and the Chamber for the past 20 years yet your people keep saying Lawrence is unfriendly to business.

Your people brought us the the high tax bedroom community, inflated housing prices and over built residential which is unfriendly to homeowners property values which is typical of a flooded market = increases in taxes and user fees because flooded markets do not pay back the taxpayers

Your people brought us over built retail aka flooded retail market which is unfriendly to new AND existing business =increases in taxes and user fees because flooded markets do not pay back the taxpayers.

Kirk McClure understands the need for tools in making economic growth decisions such as : Retail Impact Study Economic Impact Study Environmental Impact Study Cost of Community Services Study

Failing to use these tools creates anxiety, tax revenue problems and inflated tax bills to property owners. Whether or not one can afford whatever tax bills are submitted is not the issue. I would rather see growth churning along increasing my property taxes taxes at a normal cost of living increase(4%) in addition to healthy economic growth taxes picking up the rest of the tab without sales tax and mill levy increases.

And last but certainly your people brought us unethical conflict of interest Dicephera back door politics:

There is no hard evidence that tax incentives pay back the taxpayers yet your people are more than happy to give tax dollars away in order to sell real estate thus allowing existing property owners to make up for what new business should be paying... no thank you.

cowboy 9 years, 2 months ago

Oh god , Merrill , you are so delusional. If Boog and Kirk began a door to door campaign in the county , most folks would let the dog out on them.

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

ok merrill think about this if you stop all groth at any cost you will drive the price of land though the roof if they get in the devoperturds will love it all the way to the bank so get them in merrill and and no one else will be able to afford to live here mark my words

Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago what jobs have you brought to lawrence merrill and company zero let me see lets make it like boulder co and why dont you google that one merrill and see if you can afford that one

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