2013 City Commissioner election

Amyx, Farmer, Riordan win election to Lawrence City Commission
April 2, 2013
Incumbent Mike Amyx and political newcomer Jeremy Farmer both won relatively easy City Commission victories on Tuesday, but Lawrence physician Terry Riordan had to wait until the final ballots were counted to win a seat on the commission, thwarting what would have been a historic victory by sixth-place primary finisher Leslie Soden — a staunch critic of the recreation center proposal. By Chad Lawhorn • School bond issue sails to passage • Vote roundup • Voter turnout at 16 percent, up slightly from 2011 totals
The Election at a Glance
The spring general election is April 2, voting for commissioners, school board members and the school bond issues. For a complete list, click here.

For more information, visit Douglas County's elections website.
Video: City Commission forum, Part 1

Part 1 from the Lawrence City Commission forum on March 6, 2013. Watch »

Video: City Commission forum, Part 2

Part 2 from the Lawrence City Commission forum on March 6, 2013. Watch »

More 2013 City Commissioner election
Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races
04:06 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
If you wonder why voter turnout is so low in many local elections, Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University, suggests you talk to some local politicians.By Chad Lawhorn
Soden, Boley, Herbert win seats on Lawrence City Commission; two incumbents voted out
April 7, 2015
Three new faces are coming onto the Lawrence City Commission, and already there are promises of a new attitude on the way as well. Leslie Soden — an owner of a Lawrence pet-sitting business, and a first-time elected official — won the top spot in Tuesday’s general election. Fellow City Hall newcomers Stuart Boley, a retired IRS agent, and Matthew Herbert, a Lawrence High teacher, won the other two spots on the commission. Incumbents Terry Riordan and Bob Schumm lost their re-election bids by more than 1,500 votes. By Chad Lawhorn
Two newcomers, three incumbents win Lawrence school board seats; one incumbent voted out
April 7, 2015
The Lawrence school district will see two new faces join its governing board this summer — Jessica Beeson and Jill Fincher — while one incumbent, Bob Byers, will make an exit. Three incumbents will return to the board: current president Shannon Kimball, an attorney; Rick Ingram, a professor of psychology at Kansas University; and Marcel Harmon, an applied anthropologist who was elected to a two-year term. All other winners will serve four years.
Results: Soden, Boley, Herbert top Lawrence City Commission vote
Kimball, Beeson, Fincher, Ingram win at-large school board spots; Harmon wins unexpired term
06:36 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 09:08 p.m.
Lawrence voters showed up at the polls Tuesday to determine three seats on the Lawrence City Commission and five seats on the USD 497 school board.
City hears that police HQ project could delay street projects, reduce parks and rec funding
09:31 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
If Lawrence voters want to build a new police headquarters without raising taxes, they may have to live with less spending for parks and recreation and the delay of several major road projects, according to a new plan put together by City Hall leaders. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate downtown parking issues at forum
03:07 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Improving the availability of parking in downtown Lawrence is likely on the to-do list of the next City Commission, but candidates on Tuesday weren’t of the same mind on how to get the job done. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn
Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes
March 28, 2015
When the current City Commission passed a new rental registration and licensing program last year, it was one of the more sweeping program changes made by the commission in recent memory. Now the question is whether the program will be swept out with a new commission.
Rasmussen responds to concerns about out-of-town donations
March 27, 2015
Lawrence City Commission candidate Stan Rasmussen is seeking to assure voters that he’s not allowing several thousand dollars of campaign donations from outside of Lawrence and from a politically active conservative activist to influence his campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
Public transit hub topic of debate at City Commission forum
07:50 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission are divided on how to reorganize the city’s public transit system. By Chad Lawhorn

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