Archive for Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Town Talk: Carter, Schumm, Dever lead in City Commission fundraising; chamber releases responses to questionnaire

March 29, 2011


2011 Lawrence City Commission election

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News and notes from around town:

• If money talks and everything else walks, there is a clear trio leading in the race for the Lawrence City Commission. According to new campaign finance reports, three candidates have raised more than $20,000 in their race for the commission, while the remaining two are well behind.

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Hugh Carter March campaign finance ( .PDF )

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Mike Dever March 2011 finance report ( .PDF )

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Mike Machell March 2011 finance report ( .PDF )

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Bob Schumm March 2011 finance report ( .PDF )

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Sven Alstrom March 2011 finance report ( .PDF )

Lawrence financial adviser Hugh Carter is the top fundraiser in the race with $21,854. Longtime downtown restaurant owner and former Mayor Bob Schumm is second with $20,944. Mike Dever, an owner of an environmental consulting firm and the lone incumbent in the race, is third with $20,074. Mike Machell, a human resources director, is fourth with $11,959. Sven Alstrom, an architect, did not file a report by the Monday evening deadline. He previously had raised just $625. UPDATE: Alstrom filed his report Tuesday morning. He raised $755 during the period.

The filing is the last one required before the April 5 election. Historically, the numbers have provided some insight into which candidates have momentum heading into decision day. Looking at it through that glass, the numbers are a little different. Schumm and Carter were the clear leaders in terms of money raised during the Feb. 18 through March 24 period. Schumm raised $7,854 during the homestretch, while Carter was nearly identical with $7,844. Machell and Dever were in a different tier, but it is worth noting that this final period was Machell’s best of the year for fundraising. Machell raised $5,864 while Dever had $5,129.

Fundraising totals aren’t a perfect predictor of how a race will come out, but the top three fundraisers in the last City Commission election did end up winning the three spots. In the 2007 election, two of the three top fundraisers won a spot. The third-, fourth- and fifth-place fundraisers, however, were essentially within $2,000 of each other.

A big question in this race, though, is whether voter turnout will be significantly different from the past two elections. As I’ve previously noted, those two elections had a heavier turnout on the west side of town than the east side of town. The question among candidates is whether the talk of consolidating several eastside schools will cause more eastside voters to come out for the school board race. While they’re out voting for school board members, they’ll likely vote for the City Commission as well. We’ll know soon enough.

For those of you interested in more details about the candidates finances, the complete reports for each candidate — including a list of donors — are available to the side of this article.

• Candidates also have been busy filling out questionnaires. The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce recently posted on its website the answers to its questionnaire. Check it out here. There are several interesting questions, but the ones that I thought provided the most new information were related to how commissioners would go about cutting the budget or raising taxes to make up a revenue shortfall. There’s a difference of opinion among the candidates about what the top strategy should be for dealing with a budget shortfall. Alstrom and Dever both said across-the-board budget cuts would be a preferred strategy. Carter had that last on his list of options. Instead his top strategy was to cut the planning and development services division. Machell said he would cut administrative costs first, then planning and development services and across-the-board cuts would be his third choice. Schumm said across-the-board cuts and cuts to parks and recreation funding were tied for his top choices, along with reducing city employee numbers through attrition.

The Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods also has a questionnaire, and the group has provided me those answers. I’m in the process of formatting those and will have them in tomorrow’s Town Talk. We’ll also look around for the League of Women Voters questionnaire and ones from the city’s police and fire unions.


KU_Dude 7 years, 1 month ago

"Sven Alstrom, an architect, did not file a report by the Monday evening deadline"


gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 1 month ago

What happens if a candidate fails to file?

Steve Jacob 7 years, 1 month ago

Carter looks too much like Jared Lee Loughter, same bald, egg shaped head, he needs hair.

JustNoticed 7 years, 1 month ago

We need to elect Sven just for pure entertainment value.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 1 month ago

Do you live in Manhattan or Topeka?

The election of Sven would not be entertaining for any citizen of Lawrence.

BruceWayne 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree...nothing funny or entertaining about this election. Sven is bad for Lawrence.

BruceWayne 7 years, 1 month ago

the LJW is now showing Svombies report that was turned in a day late. Read up! Svenderella is spending all of his $645.00 on gas and food. What a joke.

KU_Dude 7 years, 1 month ago

How will he be able to pay for his gas & meals after the election?

JustNoticed 7 years ago

Nonsense. Gas: $105 Food: $60.49 Misc: $120 The rest is office supplies, printing, postage, a filing fee and a fee for the internet domain. Are you stupid or just evil?

deec 7 years, 1 month ago

How horrible! A candidate not beholden to special interests!

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 1 month ago

No problems with a candidate not beholden to special interests. My problem with this particular candidate is the way he has handled himself in the community prior filing for office.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 1 month ago

25-4167. Failure to file a campaign finance report; misdemeanor. Failure to file a campaign finance report is (a) the intentional failure of any person required to make any report, amended report or statement by the campaign finance act to file the same with the secretary of state or county election officer at the time specified in the campaign finance act or (b) the intentional failure of any person required by K.S.A. 25-4172, and amendments thereto, to submit a statement to a treasurer to submit the same.

  Failure to file a campaign finance report is a class A misdemeanor.

BruceWayne 7 years, 1 month ago

thanks Kash...not a big deal but just one more reason to NOT vote for Sven!

Catalano 7 years, 1 month ago

Wow. PO Box 1797 sure must be a busy one.

svenway_park 7 years, 1 month ago

Good grief. If Sven had only used his fund for rent, he would be 100% identical to that crazy lady Christine O'Donnell.......and isn't she under formal investigation for illegal campaign expenditures?

I mean "pay to Sven Alstrom for misc expenses:" $20, $20, $30. That tells you the dude did not keep receipts, and the governmental ethics auditors do not like people who take money from their campaign accounts without receipts. Kinda ethics #101. But hey, remember who we are talking about here.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 1 month ago

R. Heckler went all in for $25 to the svombie. (snort)

KU_Dude 7 years, 1 month ago

That's 7.16 gallons of gas at $3.49 a gallon....or maybe he just got 7 gallons even and a Slurpee.

BruceWayne 7 years, 1 month ago

anyone else notice on 3/18 Svenderella spent $47.05 at Dennys/ Dannys in KCK? Svombie DOES not even keep his campaign dollars in Lawrence! My guess is his campaign advisor lives over in the Dotte. Anyone?

BruceWayne 7 years, 1 month ago

on 3/15 The Svenster spent $8.16 at Chipolte for "meeting"...really? The audit and investigation is coming. We will be learning much more about the Svombie.

gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 1 month ago

I think I know why he went bankrupt. It must be a nightmare cleaning up his financial mess.

Good to see Hilda "Queen of the Homeless" Enoch kicked in $50. She paid for Sven's meal in KCK.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 1 month ago

Cthulhu is waiting, always waiting. ~^(;,;)^~

independent_rebel 7 years, 1 month ago

I, for one, am voting for Sven. Oh wait, no I'm not!

BruceWayne 7 years ago

has Sven been charged with the misdemeanor yet?

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