Archive for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Candidate meet-and-greet today for Lawrence City Commission and school board

A gathering of stickers along the counter at the Douglas County Courthouse awaited early voters, Nov. 3, 2016.

A gathering of stickers along the counter at the Douglas County Courthouse awaited early voters, Nov. 3, 2016.

June 28, 2017, 12:29 p.m. Updated June 30, 2017, 11:24 a.m.


Lawrence voters can meet candidates in the running for open City Commission and school board seats on today.

The Voter Education Coalition is hosting a meet-and-greet with candidates from both races.

The terms of commissioners Lisa Larsen, Mike Amyx and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. Eight candidates have filed for the election: Herbert, Larsen, Bassem Chahine, Dustin Stumblingbear, Jennifer Ananda, Ken Easthouse, Mike Anderson and Christian Lyche. The primary election will be Aug. 1 and will narrow the field to six candidates ahead of the general election on Nov. 7.

The terms of school board members Melissa Johnson, Vanessa Sanburn and Marcel Harmon are expiring this year. Seven candidates have filed for the election: Johnson, James Alan Hollinger, Kelly Jones, Gretchen Lister, Ronald “G.R.” Gordon-Ross, Jill Hayhurst and Steve Wallace. The general election will be Nov. 7.

The Voter Education Coalition is a nonpartisan community organization that works to provide educational opportunities to the public.

City Commission candidate Christian Lyche informed the Journal-World that he is on a trip and will not be able to make the event today.

The Final Friday meet-and-greet will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E. Ninth St.


Evan Taylor 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Seeing Herbert and Lyche in the same room ought to be interesting after the Airbnb allegations..

Cille King 11 months, 4 weeks ago

The League of Women Voters will be there to register voters. Deadline to register for the August 1 primary is Tuesday, July 11, 2017

David Holroyd 11 months, 4 weeks ago

8 city commission candidates and I wonder if any of them have a plan for street repair.

If they wonder why there is no money for streets are they aware that the commission has already spent as I understand it, 3 million at the end of 8th street?

For Ms. Bowen, Carol, check it out and you will then know why there is NO money.

And for Herbert and Larsen they should go to 6th and Misssouri and check out that one block stretch of what a street should look like, in case, they have forgotten what a nice street can be.

BUT, wait..check out the storm sewer opening on the east side near the corner. How can that be so crappy when the entire street was rebuilt. Lawrence never does the job complete , one time. Except for the end of 8th street for Mr. Krnisch...(?)

The Commissioners Care!

David Holroyd 11 months, 4 weeks ago

So a thought to the candidates about retail. How astute are they? Do they follow the perils of shopping centers and Malls?

Just announced , I read that the Independence Center is KCMO has a 200 million dollar loan going into Special Servicing BECAUSE the Simons Property REIT cannot make the payments properly because the tenants have, the retail stores, do not have the income as expected.

RENT is a problem...

Now these candidates running should bone up on Retail 101 and think twice if they really want to support the Collet Group and shopping south of town. You see, folks, here is the problem. Collet like many other developers thrown names around of the stores the 'promise" to bring along, on board.

So, in the case of Lawrence, Hobby Lobby goes south and even Bed Bath and Beyond. Why?

New? But down the road the current retail spaces get shafted and certainly there is no population growth south of town and not like in the future for many years to come.

BUT how dumb of me. Lawrence doesn't care if A moves to D and A sits empty as long as property taxes roll in.

UNTIL, the city manager and commissioners pull a real deal and give away land , like to the Van Trust.....can't wait to see who that outfit sucks away from other spaces...

But what freebies is Collett really getting when the dollar amounts are all added up?

Does Chad know or will we have to hear from Alvin the Chipmunk for the real facts.

Maybe Deborah Snyder's new love will have the facts. Hang in there Deborah, you are about to get an education in finance and will figure out why your high taxes have nothing to do with a stupid 4 bedroom rental house...

It's about the commercial end,,,where the money is.....

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