2015 City Commission election: Candidate profiles, questionnaires, chats and more

2015 City Commission candidates for the April 7 general election, in order of finish in primary, from top left: Leslie Soden, Stan Rasmussen, Stuart Boley. From bottom left: Terry Riordan, Matthew Herbert, Bob Schumm.

A small business owner, a retired IRS agent, a high school teacher, an attorney and two incumbent city commissioners emerged from the largest Lawrence City Commission primary field in at least a decade.

Before voting in the general election on April 7, read profiles of the candidates and compare their answers to a Journal-World questionnaire, below. Find the latest news about the candidates at LJWorld.com/vote2015.

And if you have a few minutes, take our candidate selector quiz. It’s meant to be fun and educational, but it shouldn’t be used as the only way to make up your mind before you vote.

Candidate profiles

Stuart Boley, 60, retired IRS agent; part-time administrative officer for the Douglas County Community Foundation

Matthew Herbert, 31, teacher at Lawrence High School

Stan Rasmussen, 52, attorney for the U.S. Army

Terry Riordan, 63, pediatrician/physician

Bob Schumm, 68, self-employed and retired downtown restaurant owner

Leslie Soden, 43, owner of Pet Minders pet care business

Candidate chats (reader-submitted questions)

Stuart Boley

Matthew Herbert

Stan Rasmussen

Terry Riordan

Bob Schumm

Leslie Soden

Candidate questionnaires (LJW questions)

Stuart Boley

Matthew Herbert

Stan Rasmussen

Terry Riordan

Bob Schumm

Leslie Soden

Views on other issues

Police headquarters project

Pro-business environment in Lawrence

Public transit hub

Growth and development policies

Rental licensing program; city management, commission changes

Health, wellness

Downtown parking

News and notes from LJW’s Town Talk blog

• April 3 — Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization

• April 2 — Police officers association endorses three for City Commission

• March 31 — Rasmussen apologizes for accepting Crossland donations and returns funds

• March 27 — Board of Realtors endorses three for City Hall

• March 16 — Latest breakdown of city commission vote totals show Soden’s primary victory was widespread

Campaign finance reports

Contributions as of Dec. 31, 2014

Contributions as of Feb. 19, 2015

Contributions as of March 30, 2015

For the latest news and notes, read reporter Chad Lawhorn’s Town Talk blog most weekdays at LJWorld.com.