Archive for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lawrence businessman to run for seat on County Commission

May 29, 2012


A longtime area businessman and former planning commissioner will seek a seat on the Douglas County Commission.

Frank Male, a co-owner of Lawrence Landscape, filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday to run against incumbent Nancy Thellman for the 2nd District County Commission seat, which represents parts of Lawrence and most of eastern Douglas County, including Eudora and Baldwin City.

“A lot of my reasons for running have to do with economic development and jobs,” said Male, who lives in rural Eudora. “My vision is to have a range of jobs and opportunity for everyone.”

Male, a Republican, served two terms on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission from 1993 to 2000, and said he thinks the County Commission can do more to plan for economic development.

“I think what businesses always crave is certainty,” Male, 49, said. “The less uncertainty that is out there, the more comfortable they are in making decisions. I think the County Commission can help with that.”

Male said he’ll push for an economic development strategy that continues to look for partnerships with Kansas University on the bioscience front but also looks to create blue-collar jobs. Male said part of that plan will involve working to create more vocational education options in Douglas County.

“Everybody thinks every child is college-bound, and that is not always the case,” Male said. “What we need more of is basic training opportunities. I don’t know if we do that with Johnson County Community College, the school district, the university or how we accomplish that. But it could be the sort of thing that makes us a more attractive place for businesses.”

Voters in November will fill two spots on the Douglas County Commission. County Commissioner Jim Flory’s seat in the 3rd District also is up for election. Both Thellman, a Democrat, and Flory, a Republican, have filed for re-election. Candidates have until noon Friday to file. If needed, a primary election will be Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 6.


JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I had Lawrence Landscape give me a bid on my irrigation system a few years back. It was twice as high as the next company.

cato_the_elder 5 years, 10 months ago

"Irrigation system?" As in "automatic lawn sprinkler system?"

Interesting to find out that you not only enjoy wasting a precious resource, but are a member of the "1%" to boot.

Limousine liberals are the most hypocritical people on the planet.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 10 months ago

Action Lawrence Landscape specializes in sprinkler systems with above ground shut off valves.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

you would have a point, if I was a liberal. I'm not.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Frank Male is Chamber of Commerce through and through. He will spend lots of special interest dollars to get elected. Let's not be stupid about this.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 10 months ago

If you say he is a good guy - that's enough for me to take my business elsewhere.

softsun 5 years, 10 months ago

Frank Male where the Lawrence Chamber Board of Directors elects its own Officers Committee, whose members serve as the Executive Committee. Frank is a member of the Chamber Executive Committee - perhaps "leader of the pack" - is Frank Male, Lawrence Landscape ..." Frank Male, co-owner of Lawrence Landscape files for county commission." Message from the Chair ... Lawrence Chamber of Commerce leaders are narrowing the field in their search for a new President according to Cindy Yulich, chair of the search committee. The government of the Lawrence Chamber, directs its own work, and the control its property and the general management of its affairs is the ultimate responsibility of the Board of Directors comprised of 30 concerned business people, to make Lawrence a better place to do business. Check out this utube from Lawrence Landscape - OSHA safety guard rails - "Green Cards" - What happened to the workers this year -

truckfan 5 years, 10 months ago

frank male is a good guy. he will be a good voice on the commission.

benner03 5 years, 10 months ago

Frank Male will make an excellent commissioner.

kansasredlegs 5 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely impossible to be worse than Thelman or Gaughan.

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