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City Commission primary: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Chestnut, Criqui, Soden qualify for April election

The six candidates for three open city commission seats from left clockwise, Mike Amyx, Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Leslie Soden, Scott Criqui and Rob Chestnut.

The six candidates for three open city commission seats from left clockwise, Mike Amyx, Jeremy Farmer, Terry Riordan, Leslie Soden, Scott Criqui and Rob Chestnut.

February 26, 2013, 10:21 p.m. Updated February 26, 2013, 11:32 p.m.

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Sandra Elston, a poll worker at Trinity Lutheran Church, knits by LED lantern because of a power outage Tuesday morning, Feb. 26. Elston's  own home was without power but she walked to the precinct. Her yarn got a little wet from the snow during the walk, but came in handy while waiting for voters. Area streets and trees were packed with snow and more than 1,500 Douglas County residents were without power  as Lawrence woke up to its second major winter storm in less than a week.

Sandra Elston, a poll worker at Trinity Lutheran Church, knits by LED lantern because of a power outage Tuesday morning, Feb. 26. Elston's own home was without power but she walked to the precinct. Her yarn got a little wet from the snow during the walk, but came in handy while waiting for voters. Area streets and trees were packed with snow and more than 1,500 Douglas County residents were without power as Lawrence woke up to its second major winter storm in less than a week.

The old hand of the Lawrence City Commission finished Tuesday’s primary election with the upper hand, but two newcomers also closed in on commission seats.

City Commissioner Mike Amyx — who is seeking his fifth term on the commission — took the top spot in Tuesday’s primary election, besting the 11-candidate field by more than 500 votes.

Political newcomers Jeremy Farmer — the CEO of Lawrence food bank Just Food — and Lawrence physician Terry Riordan took the second and third spots respectively. Tuesday’s primary narrowed the field to six candidates. Also qualifying for the general election were former commissioner Rob Chestnut, local nonprofit executive Scott Criqui and former neighborhood leader Leslie Soden.

The April 2 election will determine the three winners who will join incumbents Bob Schumm and Mike Dever on the City Commission.

City Commission General Election Candidates

Links to profiles of the six remaining Lawrence City Commission candidates in the April 2 General Election

Amyx said he felt the election turned on concerns about city finances and spending on new projects. “There is a lot of concern from voters about their paychecks and the amount of money going out the door right now,” Amyx, a downtown barbershop owner, said. “I think people view me as a good fiscal manager, and that is what I’ll focus on in the future.”

The primary results could be seen as a mixed message from voters on the proposed Rock Chalk Park recreation center project: Amyx opposes it, but Farmer and Riordan have generally indicated they favor it.

But the clearest conclusion that came out of Tuesday’s primary may have been what didn’t happen: Large numbers of residents didn’t vote, apparently due to a snowstorm that hit the city as polls were opening. Voter turnout checked in at just 8.6 percent.

Turnout for the April 2 election is expected to be significantly higher, as Lawrence voters also will be asked to decide on a $92.5 million bond issue that would pay for a host of Lawrence Public School District improvements.

“We just got a glimpse tonight,” said Riordan, who has been a Lawrence pediatrician for the last 30 years and is making his first run for political office. “There will be a lot of new voters out there for the general election.”

Six candidates will get a chance to win them over. The candidates moving onto the general election, and their vote totals, are:

• Amyx: 2,989 votes

• Farmer: 2,464

• Riordan: 2,067

• Chestnut, chief financial officer for a Topeka-based company and former city commissioner: 1,769

• Criqui, an executive with Lawrence-based Trinity In-Home Care and a member of the city’s Human Relations Commission: 1,677

• Soden, owner of a Lawrence pet care business and former president of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association: 1,532

The five candidates not moving on are:

• Judy Bellome: 1,296

• Michael Rost: 351

• Reese Hays: 308

• Will Olson: 100

• Nicholas Marlo: 39

The race featured only one incumbent — Amyx — although Chestnut is only two years removed from the commission. Voters, however, were open to new faces on Tuesday.

Farmer, 29, said economic issues continue to be a major theme he hears from residents.

“People want to be able to grow up here and retire here, and right now with the tax base and job situation, people are finding that difficult to do,” he said.

All of Tuesday’s results are unofficial. They won’t become official until election officials canvass — or make a final review — of the ballots on Monday. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said there were about 150 provisional ballots that still need to be added to the totals, but that number is not expected to make a difference in the outcome of the six candidates moving on to the general election.

Comments

MMorton 1 year, 9 months ago

Way to go Dr. Riordan! Hopefully your strong finish in the primary will mean more support for you in the general. As both a business owner and a physician, I think your perspective will be an incredibly valuable one to have at City Hall!

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

In a thread just the other day, I opined that if this election, or any election for that matter, had a voter turnout of less than 10%, then the results were meaningless. Yesterday's turnout was 8.6%.

Democracy might not be dead in Lawrence, but it's on life support.

Phil Minkin 1 year, 9 months ago

I was a sad turnout, but to be fair, the weather had a lot to do with it and the large early voting turnout was encouraging.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 9 months ago

8.6% turnout is shameful and I won't listen to anymore of this "the weather is to blame" nonsense. I visited the grocery store two separate times over the four day period in which voting was open to find the shelves 3/4 empty. If people could weather the storm enough to raid and clean out the grocery store, they could weather the storm enough to cast a ballot. 91.4% of this community just lost their right to complain. In a city this size, we managed to have a candidate WIN with less than 3,000 votes to his name.

chootspa 1 year, 9 months ago

I still have every right to complain. I voted.

UneasyRider 1 year, 9 months ago

Hopefully the top 3 vote getters will win. In other words Chestnut remains just a bad memory.

Rob Chestnut 1 year, 9 months ago

Dear UneasyRider: I would like to hear your concerns about my first term. Please e-mail me at robchestnut@sunflower.com. It would be great to meet with you and discuss the issues on your mind for the general election.

bankboy119 1 year, 9 months ago

Late reading this but good for you Rob.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm sure that the rubberstamp candidates you favor will get plenty of financial support.

seriouscat 1 year, 9 months ago

Anti-progess? She is for all kinds of stuff that is way more forward thinking than the typical stuff that is touted as "progress"...(cough couch more cronyism and crappy minimum wage jobs).

Green district and job training centers sounds very pro-progress, REAL progress to me.

no_thanks 1 year, 9 months ago

Careful, the momentum for career and technical training center began as a Chmber of Commerce idea.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

We've got a political system, locally, statewide and nationally, that's based on cronyism and controlled primarily by moneyed interests. The vast majority of folks just struggling to get through the day, and who have never been encouraged to learn about or participate in the political process, see no incentive to waste their time trying to educate themselves about the issues or working for candidates who will look after their interests.

And for those who do control the political machinery, this widespread apathy and resignation perpetuates the status quo, and that's just fine with them.

UltimateGrownup 1 year, 9 months ago

Bozo, your references to "cronyism" and "moneyed interests" are other ways of saying the private sector. Let me educate you. The private sector is the ONLY part of society that produces goods and services. The government does not produce goods or services. The next time you need a loaf of bread, a car repair, a new pair of shoes, or a new light bulb, go to city hall. See what they will do for you. The hate for the private sector that liberals have only reduces the bounty that we all enjoy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

"The government does not produce goods or services."

That's utterly and completely false, as you'll no doubt notice as you drive down the streets that government built on your way to wherever it is you want to go. Further, countless examples of how clueless your statement is are obvious to anybody with healthy cognitive functioning.

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

Sure, the government builds roads, but they do so with money they don't have to earn. They just tax us all. And if the road work costs more than anticipated, they tax some more. If there are unexpected problems, the kind that private industry either knew about or should have known about, then the government just tax some more. If the bureaucracy costs more than anticipated, tax some more. If inefficiencies arise, tax some more.

After the 1989 earthquake damaged the eastern span of the Bay Bridge in California, cost estimates to replace the span came in at 200 million. Current completion estimates are now at 6.3 billion, more than 31 times the original costs. And the 24 years to complete is 3 times as long as it took to build the Golden Gate Bridge, despite that being a far more challenging endeavor both in technology available at that time and simply it being a much larger project. That assumes it actually does open later this year as promised.

Where did that extra 6.1 billion come from? Taxes. Sure, the government builds roads. Very expensive roads.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

So, what's your point? That if we eliminate government the roads will be free?

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

The point is that the goods and services produced by private industry are done within a certain economic framework. The goods and services produced by government are done within a very different economic framework. Or more "precisely", government production is done within no economic framework at all. Government just makes it up as it goes along, using little if any discipline. Comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

Sure, government and private industry work under different models. That's because they serve different purposes. But to say that government works without any economic framework at all is purely idiotic.

headdoctor 1 year, 9 months ago

So the bounty we all enjoy is suppose to be sweeter as long as it is achieved by crooked and shady tactics. If the private sector is hated it isn't because of who or what they have. It is because of the tactics used in accomplishing what they do and that hate is not exclusive to Liberals.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Congratulations Leslie and Scott. Looks like we have some work to do before the general election.

Eileen Jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Here's hoping they put a stop to that highly questionable proposed project.

Phil Minkin 1 year, 9 months ago

From Chad's column today: "The fifth- and sixth-place finishers, Criqui and Soden, both have expressed multiple concerns with the recreation center project and the lack of a public election on the issue."

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Criqui and Soden went farther than that. I know Leslie signed the petition calling for a public vote on Rock Chalk Park, and I am not sure, but I think Criqui signed as well.

headdoctor 1 year, 9 months ago

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Amy Heeter 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah. That's only the tip of the ice burg.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

He has obviously been co-opted by the monied interests in. I really wonder whether he is smart, mature or savvy enough to realize that. .

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't need to. Mr. Farmer's defense of the Rec Center deal based, in part, on his belief that Thomas Fritzel seemed like a "nice guy" was all I needed to know. I don't know Mr. Fritzel and don't care whether he is a nice guy. It's irrelevant. And Mr. Farmer's response was exceedingly unsophisticated.

Mass1999 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree completely with that. This is not grade school- you can't say that you do not have to be a voice for the majority because you will build bridges of consensus to make everyone happy- he needs to grow up.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Everyone seems to think he is a very nice guy. I am sure he is. But like you, I think he is terribly naive in his desire to build "consensus" with t he developers. They have only one agenda, and that is to make as much money as possible, regardless of whether or not it is in the best interests of the people of Lawrence. If he is elected, I see him voting with the Chamber crowd on most issues. "Nice guys" avoid controversy and want everyone to like them.

slappy1111 1 year, 9 months ago

If that is true that might be illegal. Do you have any proof to back up that claim?

headdoctor 1 year, 9 months ago

I misread Mr. Farmer's campaign finance report. I apologize to Jeremy Farmer and those on this forum that saw the post before it was removed.

FlintlockRifle 1 year, 9 months ago

What's Marks reason to want back on the commission, after two years removed??

FlintlockRifle 1 year, 9 months ago

Wrong Chestnut, should have said Rob, and nor Mark, boy it don't pay to get old.

Rob Chestnut 1 year, 9 months ago

Dear FlintlockRifle: I was compelled to run again after seeing what has happens over the last two years. 1) The mill levy has gone up almost 11% in two years after keeping it flat for the previous 4 years. 2) Bond and interest payments are budgeted now at $14m for the year after keeping it flat at $10m during the 4 years I served. 3) I want to ensure that water and wastewater do not rise too quickly as we move forward on the treatment plant. The City of Lawrence will consider in March raising rates that will add about $500 to your bill over the next 5 years. We need to be sure this money is spent wisely. 4) I am concerned that the commission has removed money from street maintenance over the last 2 years. In my first term we put another $1 million into street maintenance over a 2 year period that has now been completed removed.

Thanks for the question. Please e-mail me with any of your concerns.

jafs 1 year, 9 months ago

Just a quick question:

Where is the money from the tax we approved for street maintenance going then?

Mass1999 1 year, 9 months ago

I also question Farmer's qualifications. He didn't turn his campaign finance report in on time and strikes me as immature. Also his stories sound made up "today a man told me the American dream is dead!!!" Was his major in college drama?

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 9 months ago

I choose to translate "immature" as "Hasn't been around long enough to be completely jaded and in bed with all the monied interests" and that's why I like him.

headdoctor 1 year, 9 months ago

What does immature and your statement have to do with not getting his finance report in on time?

Have you looked to see who is supporting his run. Quite a variety of people including Chamber of Commerce members and ties to real estate. Want to try again to tell us he is not in bed with monied interests. There are others who are in the mix that normally wouldn't be in the same category which also makes me wonder what he has promised to who for their support.

Mass1999 1 year, 9 months ago

It looks like special interest groups want to use Farmer as a puppet. I don't think he has the experience needed.

Katara 1 year, 9 months ago

Have you seen Mr. Farmer's credentials? Have you really looked at them? Do you know what "Uniquely You" is? https://www.uniquelyyou.com/about.php

Do you know that his actual degrees are not in clinical counseling as his website states but in clinical pastoral counseling? They are not the same thing and do not have the same requirements. http://www.disciplecenter.com/html/Pastoral_Counseling_or_Clinical_Counseling.pdf

Are you aware that his "extensive experience in non-profit administration" consists of less than 7 years of working at some food banks, none of which any of the positions he has held in this experience in non-profit administration are listed?

He may a nice guy but he is a nice guy who seems to be embellishing a lot on his "resume".

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Jeremy's supporters appear to be a odd group of liberals and chamber people. I think the liberals who support him believe he will be a progressive voice since he is such a nice guy and is the CEO of one of the "feed the poor" programs in town. They are sadly mistaken. Mr. Farmer was an early supporter of the rec center .and has taken other positions which are ln line with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber people are supporting him for the right reasons. The liberals who support him are simply naive.

Kent Fisher 1 year, 9 months ago

kansasdaughter, that is the incorrect link. Here is the correct link to Just Food: http://justfoodks.org/about-us/

Icandoittoo 1 year, 9 months ago

One thing I dislike about all of them.

Amyx: You have a successful business

Farmer: You are feeding the hungry

Riordan: You keep kids healthy

Chestnut: You like Topeka

Criqui: You run a successful non-profit

Soden: You like animals

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

For all you "liberals" who think Jeremy Farmer is going to represent the "little guy," think again. I went to his web site and did a little research on his endorsements. I still have work to do, but here is a partial list of his public supporters and their affiliations. His support includes a lot of Chamber of Commerce folks, real estate and insurance agents, and others, whose incomes will benefit from favorable decisions made by the City Commission. .

I have lived in this town for over forty years and have never seen a so-called "progressive" attract such widespread support from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. To you liberals who think he is not already in the pocket of the monied interests in town, all I have to say is that you folks are exceedingly naive.

Jean Milstead --Founding Member and Past Chair of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Ron & Dee Bisel --Owners of Minuteman Press

Michael Blumenfield --Retired East Coast Business Executive and Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army

Linda Watts --Clinical Social Worker; Board Member of Lawrence Family Promise, a faith based charity for the homeless

Thad Holcombe --Director, Ecumenical Campus Ministries at Kansas University

Jerome Marquez --Kansas Children's Service Fatherhood Coordinator

Ron Guerin --Project Management Professional at Computerized Assessments and Learning; Graduate, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Ernesto Hodison --Vice President Douglas County Bank; Board Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Greg Gardner (Major General, Ret.) --Former Adjutant General, Kansas National Guard

Michael McGrew --CEO and Chairman of the Board, McGrew Real Estate

Tom Karasek --Owner, Calvin Eddy Kappelman Inc Insurance Agency

David Anderson --Manager, Lawrence H&R Block

Matt Daigh --Asst Funeral Director, Rumsey-Yost

Constance Wolfe --Marketing and Advertising Consultant; Board Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; Graduate, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Kurt Goeser’; --State Farm Insurance Agent

Cherise Anderson --USD 497; Graduate of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Elizabeth Hatchett --Lawrence Arts Commission

Mary Lee Gilchrist --Mortgage Advisor at STONEGATE MORTGAGE

Tim Bateman --Controller at RD Johnson Excavating Company

Colleen Callahan --Marketing Consultant at Great Plains Media

Sue Grosdidier --Married to Scott Grosdidier, a Realtor at McGrew Realty

Doug Raney --Attorney; contributed $250 to Romney and $300 to Lynn Jenkins in last election cycle

Erin Hayden --Engineer at EN Engineering (Oil and Gas Industry)

Fairley & Donna McCain --McCain Angus Ranch

Debbie Pitts --Director of Development for Lawrence Community Theatre

Catalano 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow. You have an amazingly huge amount of free time on your hands to do this research. No snark intended. Could you please do the same fore the other candidates? I would really like to know. Thank you!

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't think its necessary to do the others, as what you see is what you get. Mr. Farmer, on the other hand, IMHO, is nothing but an unmitigated charlatan.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Here is the run down on a few more of Mr. Farmer's endorsers:

Daniel Poull --Plumbing Contractor

Carrie Lindsey --Director of Resident Service at Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Kent Fisher --Finance Manager and Office of Dale Willey Pontiac Cadillac

Rick Falley --Wordpress Admin, Tech Support, Reflective Group LLC; father of Brandon Falley, Operations Manager for Just Food
(I guess I would endorse the boss of my son as well—job security)

Terry Draskovich --Office Manager/Golf Tournament for Just Food, the organization Mr. Farmer runs.

Barbara Pitner -- Client Intake Coordinator, Just Food. Question: Should the head of a non-profit be asking his paid employees to endorse him in a political race? Mr. Farmer signs her check. It sure creates an appearance of impropriety.

Suzana Hicks --Senior Admin. Assoc, Kansas Geological Survey

Brad & Amy Finkeldei --Brad is an attorney with Stevens and Brand. According to their web site, his “experience includes assisting more than a dozen lending institutions and multiple developers and contractors navigate the difficult economic climate that has existed the last few years.” (translation: he is an attorney for the rich developers). He is also a current member of the Douglas County Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence. He also supported and contributed to the campaigns of Mike Dever and Hugh Carter

Katara 1 year, 9 months ago

John Bullock (Farmer's treasurer) also is an attorney with Stevens and Brand.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks for the help. Long list. I am about two thirds full. I have never seen such a odd group of support--big money with a smattering of known liberals.

Believe me, a 29 year old kid who defended his support of the Rock Chalk Par, in part, because Thomas Fritzel "seems like a nice guy" is not going to "unite" these disparate groups.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

TOPEKA — The owner of a proposed strip club is suing a northeast Kansas county that refused to give him a permit for the business.

Highway Four Properties sued Jefferson County and county commissioners, contending that the laws the commissioners cited in rejecting the permit are unconstitutional.

Attorney John Bullock, of Lawrence, filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Highway Four Properties. Bullock is seeking a jury trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Jefferson County commissioners in February rejected a permit for Highway Four Properties. The business wanted to build a restaurant and bar with an attached private club featuring female nudity on the outskirts of Meriden. It would have been less than 1,000 feet from Jefferson West High School.

Link to story: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/mar...


I surmise the JOhn Bullock that represented the strip club is the same John Bullock who is Jeremy Farmer's Campaign Treasurer. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Bullock is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence Program. Boy oh boy, Jeremy sure does like those chamber folks. I am sure he will give all the poor folk a nice pat on the head once he is in office. .

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Daniel Poull --Plumbing Contractor

Carrie Lindsey --Director of Resident Service at Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Kent Fisher --Finance Manager and Office of Dale Willey Pontiac Cadillac

Rick Falley --Wordpress Admin, Tech Support, Reflective Group LLC; father of Brandon Falley, Operations Manager for Just Food
(I guess I would endorse the boss of my son as well—job security)

Terry Draskovich --Office Manager/Golf Tournament for Just Food, the organization Mr. Farmer runs.

Barbara Pitner -- Client Intake Coordinator, Just Food. Question: Should the head of a non-profit be asking his paid employees to endorse him in a political race? Mr. Farmer signs her check. It sure creates an appearance of impropriety.

Suzana Hicks --Senior Admin. Assoc, Kansas Geological Survey

Brad & Amy Finkeldei --Brad is an attorney with Stevens and Brand. According to their web site, his “experience includes assisting more than a dozen lending institutions and multiple developers and contractors navigate the difficult economic climate that has existed the last few years.” (translation: he is an attorney for the rich developers). He is also a current member of the Douglas County Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence. He also supported and contributed to the campaigns of Mike Dever and Hugh Carter

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

A few more of Mr. Farmer's official endorsers. Paul Werner's endorsement is especially interesting, as he is Thomas Fritzel's architect on the Rock Chalk Park Project. Will be interesting to see who has contributed to Mr. Farmer's campaign. He was the only City Commission Candidate who failed to file his campaign finance report by the deadline. I bet anyone a dime to a dollar that Mr. Werner made a contribution. For those of you who do not support the Rock Chalk Park in its current configuration, but are currently supporting Mr. Farmer, i suggest you rethink your position.

Sue Hack --former city commissioner; current Executive Director of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence,

Al Hack --Sue’s Husband. Owns CEK Insurance.

Mary Lou Wright --co owner of Raven Bookstore

Bonnie Lowe --US Attorney's Office--Financial Investigator; Board Member, Lawrence Douglas County Bioscience Authority.

Jamie Lowe --Bonnie’s husband; Market President, Prairie Land Group (Insurance); formerly employed by three different banks: National Bank of Kansas City, Capital City Bank & US Bank \

Jennifer Werner --West Region Sales Manager of Schneider Electric, a large electrical contractor

Paul Werner –Jennifer’s husband; Owner / Architect at Paul Werner Architects; Mr,. Werner was Thomas Fritzel’s architect for the infamous Varsity House project. He is also working with Fritzel on the Rock Chalk Park project. With supporters like this, are we at all surprised that Mr. Farmer was an early supporter of Rock Chalk Park?

Katara 1 year, 9 months ago

http://www.douglas-county.com/depts/cl/ve/docs/pdf/reports/city/lawrencecitycommission/candreport_jfarmer_021813.pdf

Actually, no listed donation by the Werners and a lot of the people who endorsed him didn't make a contribution as listing in his filing.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

That doesn't mean they won't contribute. There's a lot of campaigning to do before the April elections. Hope Mr. Farmer is honest enough this time to submit his campaign report before the general election. There is a reason those reports must be filed PRIOR to the election.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

My bad, Katara. I am glad you didn't take me up on my bet. :)

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

A few more of Mr. Farmer's endorsers:

Chuck & Laurel Krider --Chuck is a Emeritus Professor of Business at KU. The couple has homes in both Lawrence and Estes Park Colorado. His specialty was labor relations.

Gary & Angie Rexroad --Gary is a founder and co-chair of CadreLawrence, a group that came out early in support of Rock Chalk Park. He is in the software business. Angie is a special Ed ParaEducator

Alex Delaney --Owns Indepsys, Inc. (computers), member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

“Ace” Hickey --writes a lot of letters to the editor, all with a progressive bent. Has voiced his opposition to the Citizen’s United decision and the millions of dollars that fuel political Has been a staunch critic of Lynn Jenkins. Appears to be one of the “liberals” Mr. Farmer has duped. I suggest that Mr. Hickey review Mr. Farmer’s campaign finance report once it is filed. Frankly, I don’t think Mr. Hickey is the type of guy who would be comfortable “sleeping with” most of Mr. Farmer’s supporters. Hope he reads this and re-thinks his position.

Here are a few other known “liberals” who I believe have been duped by Mr. Farmer:

Bob Casad, Emeritus Professor of Law (a very good and decent man)

Forrest & Donna Swall (Forrest is an emeritus professor of Social Welfare and good people)

Laura Routh

Caroljean Brune

Hilda Enoch (a wonderful lady and long-time advocate for the disadvantaged)

All I can say is “come on guys and gal?!??!!!” Do you realize you’re in bed with Thomas Fritzel’s architect, bankers, insurance agents, chamber of commerce people, attorneys for developers. Do you really think a city commission candidate who is endorsed by a guy who gave nearly $1,000 to Romney and Lynn Jenkins will represent your values? Jeremy is trying to “make nice” with everyone. Surely you folks are sophisticated enough to know that such goals are hopelessly naïve. If Barrack Obama couldn’t do it, what makes you think a 29 year old kid can? Okay, so he is CEO of a food bank. Big deal. Surely you have heard of the expression, “poverty pimp.”

One more thing, my "liberal friends." Aren't you curious that most of Lawrence's long time progressive folks are conspicuously absent from Mr. Farmer's list of supporters.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

THE POVERTY PIMPS' POEM

Let us celebrate the poor, Let us hawk them door to door.

There's a market for their pain, Votes and glory and money to gain.

Let us celebrate the poor.

Their ills, their sins, their faulty diction Flavor our songs and spice our fiction.

Their hopes and struggles and agonies Get us grants and consulting fees.

Celebrate thugs and clowns, Give their ignorance all renowns.

Celebrate what holds them down, In our academic gown.

Let us celebrate the poor

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

Why does Mr. Farmer see fit to accept $650.00 in contributions from people who don't even live in Lawrence?.

jayhawkjoeb 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you for telling us who is a good person and good people. We were all waiting for your insight to their intentions. Now we can sleep soundly knowing you're on the job.

Bob Forer 1 year, 9 months ago

More interesting tidbits:

Greg Williams, the CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, contributed $100.00 to Farmer's campaign.

And Doug Gaumer, the local community President of INtrust Bank, and also the Chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce contributed $150.00 to Farmer's campaign.

headdoctor 1 year, 9 months ago

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce usually puts their support behind at least two candidates to be sure of success in the general election. This go around the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce members can blindly throw darts at the candidates and end up with people in office that they can live with.

Catalano 1 year, 9 months ago

Alert: Sycho has moved on to today's editorial.

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