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Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx announces he will not run for re-election

In this file photo from Jan. 14, 2006, Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx presides over a meeting at City Hall.

In this file photo from Jan. 14, 2006, Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx presides over a meeting at City Hall.

May 18, 2017


Longtime Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx has announced he will not run for re-election.

Amyx, who has been a fixture in local politics since the 1980s, said the decision was difficult, but he thinks the timing is right.

“I have had discussions with a number of people about things, and for me, it’s one of timing,” Amyx said. “I’ve served my time and it’s truly been an honor and privilege to be able to do that.”

Amyx, owner of Amyx Barber Shop, began his political career in 1983 and has served six terms as mayor. In total, he has served nearly 20 years on the City Commission. He was also a member of the Douglas County Commission for five years, serving as commission chair from 1989 to 1991.

Amyx, a lifelong resident of Lawrence, is the only member of the City Commission who is not serving his first term. He said that consideration was a tough part of his decision, but he thinks his fellow commissioners have grown a lot in the years they’ve been seated together.

“They’ve been involved with so many decisions over the last four years,” Amyx said. “This commission is of age to be able to take on just about anything.”

Taking on more may also be in the cards for Amyx, though he said as of right now he does not have definite plans apart from continuing to operate his downtown barber shop.

“Right now I’m going to be working in my business and that’s important,” Amyx said. “If the opportunity to serve elsewhere comes along, maybe that’s a possibility. But we’ll just see.”

The terms of Commissioners Amyx, Lisa Larsen and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. Amyx will be the only commissioner not seeking re-election. In addition to Herbert and Larsen, three other people have filed for election to the commission: Bassem Chahine, Dustin Stumblingbear and Jennifer Ananda.

Amyx said that part of the reason he wanted to announce that he would not seek re-election is because he realizes it may influence others’ decision to run.

“Part of that decision’s got to be who all is going to run as incumbents, so if my intent at this point is not to run I need to get that out so people can decide,” Amyx said.

The filing deadline for the City Commission race is noon on June 1. Candidates will have an Aug. 1 primary, if needed, and the general election will be on Nov. 7. Primaries will be scheduled only if the number of candidates who file is more than two times the number of open seats.

Amyx said he has been honored to serve on so many commissions and that the hardest part is knowing that he won’t be part of some local decisions come next year.

“I’ve spent the vast part of my adult life as an elected official locally,” Amyx said. “The toughest part is saying, OK, you need to make a decision about the future.”

Candidates filing for 2017 Lawrence City Commission election
June 1 — Christian Lyche
May 30 — Mike Anderson
May 26 — Ken Easthouse
May 15 — Jennifer Ananda
March 31 — Dustin Stumblingbear
March 8 — Commissioner Lisa Larsen
Feb. 28 — Bassem Chahine
Feb. 23 — Commissioner Matthew Herbert

Related: Commissioner Mike Amyx announces he will not run for re-election (May 18)

Related: Seventh candidate filing forces Aug. 1 primary election (May 30)


David Holroyd 1 year, 1 month ago

Mr. Amyx, it is only a bit over a week to cleanup the Mausoleum.

Please, with your connections you could find someone to sandblast the doors, put the heat on the City Manager to send some staff out there to do some work. Get together with your friends in the contracting business and glass companies. and leave an impressive mark on the place in a very short time.

Remember how Penn House got built...?? You do but very few if any left on the Journal World staff would or for that matter the other 4 commissioners...

Now is the time to step forward and make something happen!

Jennifer Harrison 1 year, 1 month ago

It is one thing to sit behind a computer and spew out your different views on what public officials should and should not do. Have you ever served in a public office? Why not be part of the solution and run for the CC since you obviously have an answer to all of Lawrence's problems.

Kurt Kummer 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for your service Mike. Most folks probably have no idea of the staff reports you've read. The time you've spent at meetings. The listening to comments. The walking of neighborhoods to get a feel for what your vote might mean. Thank you, and good luck to you and your future.

Bill McGovern 1 year, 1 month ago

Mike Amyx is a man of integrity, and a genuine friend of the community. Thanks for everything you have done with this city in mind.

Jake Davis 1 year, 1 month ago

A stand up man with a great amount of integrity who represented the citizenry of Lawrence very well during his tenure. Thank you for all of your service Mik and we wish you well in your future endeavors!

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