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Filing deadline for Lawrence City Commission, Lawrence school board is noon Tuesday

January 25, 2011

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Last call for candidates.

By this afternoon, the list of candidates seeking seats on the Lawrence City Commission or the Lawrence school board will be set.

The filing deadline for both offices is noon today, and thus far candidate interest for the City Commission has been sparse, while interest in the school board picked up momentum as the deadline neared.

Through Monday, four candidates had filed for three seats on the Lawrence City Commission, and it is appearing more likely that two of the three incumbents with expiring terms won’t seek re-election.

City Commissioner Lance Johnson briefly confirmed Tuesday that he will not seek a second term. Commissioner Rob Chestnut said he wouldn’t make any announcements until after the filing deadline.

City Commissioner Mike Dever is the lone incumbent to have filed for re-election. He is joined by three other candidates. They are:

• Hugh Carter, a financial planner and a former Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioner;

• Mike Machell, a human resources manager and chair of the city’s Library Board;

• Bob Schumm, a downtown Lawrence restaurant owner and former mayor and city commissioner.

Four seats are up for election on the Lawrence school board. Of the incumbents, only Marlene Merrill has filed as a candidate for re-election; Mary Loveland has said she won’t run, and Rich Minder and Scott Morgan have said they likely wouldn’t run.

Including Merrill, eight candidates have filed for school board. The seven others: Ola Faucher, Rick Ingram, Shannon Kimball, Randy Masten, Keith Diaz Moore, Tyler Palmer and Bill Roth.

Prospective candidates for the City Commission can file this morning in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Candidates for the school board can file at the county clerk’s office at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

The general election will be April 5.

— Schools reporter Mark Fagan contributed information for this story.

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