It seems every task has paperwork, and running for the Lawrence City Commission is no exception.
We reported last month on the filing of reports related to campaign fundraising. Click here to go the Douglas County Web site that has the reports for each candidate, which not only lists the amount of money raised but also lists the names of the candidates’ largest contributors. Another key fundraising report is due next week, and we’ll provide a report on those numbers, which usually are good indicators of which campaigns have momentum heading into the general election, set this year for April 2.
But in the meantime, we have a slightly different type of paperwork to give you. They’re called Statements of Substantial Interests. Candidates and elected officials are required to file the forms each year, which lists places of employment, ownership interest in businesses and investments, director positions held and other such information. The idea is that candidates ought to disclose any interests that potentially could be a conflict of interest in the future.
I’ve read through all of the filings for City Commission candidates, and there is nothing shocking in any of them. But in the interest of full disclosure, the box to the side of this article has links to the filings of each of the candidates.
Amyx Substantial Interest Statement ( .PDF )
Chestnut SSI Form 2013 ( .PDF )
Criqui SSI 2013 ( .PDF )
Farmer SSI Form 2013 ( .PDF )
Riordan SSI form 2013 ( .PDF )
Soden SSI File 2013 ( .PDF )
Or, you can just read this summary:
Amyx lists income from basically three sources. He has his barbershop business in downtown, and he also receives some compensation for serving as the chair of the Kansas Board of Barbering, which is the organization responsible for licensing barbers. Amyx and his wife also own rental property that produces income. He lists his rental property in the 2600 block of Redbud Lane, the 2300 block of Rhode Island Street, his barbershop building at Ninth and Massachusetts streets, and a property in Hays. Amyx also lists a minority interest in a business called Foul Line Birdhouses. I’ve asked him about that one before, and it is a business that once produced specialty birdhouses that looked a bit like Allen Fieldhouse. I believe it is not overly active anymore. Amyx lists holding director or officer positions with the state barbering board and the businesses he owns. He also lists that he is a trustee with First United Methodist Church of Lawrence.
Chestnut’s only source of income is listed as Nationwide Learning LLC of Topeka, where he serves as chief financial officer. He also lists multiple stock, retirement and college savings accounts. He lists that his wife has been employed by the United Way of Douglas County in the past 12 months. The report also notes that his wife’s freelance writing business includes clients in Atchison and Missouri. (Full disclosure: Chestnut’s wife, Micki, has done freelance writing for the Journal-World.) Chestnut lists several officer positions he has held during the last 12 months, including: member of the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board, which sets policy for how the state’s idle funds should be invested; trustee of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board; member of the audit committee of the Kansas University Alumni Association; and a board member of Lawrence Children’s Choir.
Criqui lists his only income as coming from Trinity In-Home Care, where he is a human resources executive. He lists no other ownership interests in businesses or stock plans. (Note: Investments generally only are required to be listed if they exceed $5,000 in value.) He lists several organizations that he’s served as an officer of during the last 12 months. They include: vice chair of the Kansas Equality Coalition; vice chair of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project; board member of the Voter Education Coalition; vice president of professional development of the Jayhawk SHRM, which is an association of human resource management professionals.
Farmer lists his income as coming from Just Food and ECKAN, a non-profit that was involved in the formation of the Just Food food bank where Farmer serves as executive director. He does not list ownership in any businesses or stock or other investments. He lists no director or officer positions, other than his CEO position with Just Food.
Riordan lists ownership of his Lawrence medical practice, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, P.A., and investments in a retirement account. In addition to his medical practice, he lists receiving compensation of $2,000 or more from a Wichita law office in the past 12 months. The report lists his wife’s place of employment in the past 12 months as Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He lists no director or officer positions held.
Soden lists her income as coming from Pet Minders LLC, a pet care business that she owns. She doesn’t list ownership of any other businesses or investments. She lists that during the last 12 months she was a board member of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.