General Election — April 3, 2007

Lawrence City Commission

The top three finishers in the April 3 election will take seats at City Hall - the top two vote-getters will receive four-year terms and a likely turn as mayor; the third-place finisher gets a two-year term. Commission members will deal with ongoing issues about how to plan the city's growth, lure new jobs and keep the streets free from potholes.

All precincts reporting / 35,572 total votes / Unofficial results / Precinct breakdown

Completed candidate chats
Newcomer Chestnut nabs second spot
April 3, 2007
Taking second place in the city commission race, with just more than 19 percent of the vote, another political newcomer: Allen Press chief financial officer Rob Chestnut will serve a four year term on the city commission.
Highberger finishes third; earns another 2-year term
April 3, 2007
Incumbent Boog Highberger came in third with just under 6,200 votes earning him a two-year term in office.
Voters bring issues to ballot box
April 3, 2007
Lawrence voters that turned showed up today to cast their ballot didn’t have to wait in line, but exactly what issues drove them to the ballot box?
Election results totaled in quick turnaround
April 3, 2007
It took elections officials less than two hours to tabulate all of Tuesday’s results.
Western precincts appear to have stronger voting turnout
But percentages vary from precinct-to-precinct
09:49 a.m., April 3, 2007 Updated 04:20 p.m.
“No real issues this morning,” said Keith Campbell, who supervises Douglas County elections.
Students likely to skip voting
April 3, 2007
Kansas University has a strong presence in Lawrence with its nearly 30,000 students, but their presence lags on election days.
School board, City Commission elections today
April 3, 2007
The finish line is here. Voters today will determine the winners of races for the Lawrence City Commission, Lawrence school board and several races in outlying communities.
High turnout not likely for Lawrence’s youngest eligible voters
April 2, 2007
During the February Primary Election, only 14 voters showed up in Precinct 10, which includes most of the KU residence halls. That’s pretty typical for that part of campus which had a 4% turnout in 2003, and a 17% turnout in the 2005 local election.
Schools, city now in hands of voters
April 2, 2007
Voters will decide the future makeup of the Lawrence City Commission and school board Tuesday.
Human opinion
March 30, 2007
To the editor: In a story summarizing the positions of City Commission candidates concerning a “domestic registry,” a Journal-World reporter wrote that the registry would give gay couples no “new legal rights.”
Critical election
March 30, 2007
To the editor: On April 3, voters must choose three city commissioners in an election which is the most critical in recent Lawrence history. It will determine whether we continue the steady progress toward the livable city which we all want or lose the gains of years of effort by many people.
Clerk’s office open Saturday for voting
March 29, 2007
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for people wanting to cast advance ballots.
City candidates share their views
March 29, 2007
The six candidates seeking seats on the Lawrence City Commission have wide-ranging views on how much new oversight is needed for the Lawrence Police Department.
March 28, 2007
To the editor: As the City Commission elections draw near, one of the issues we all need to be thinking about is how our community is going to deal with climate change. The City Commission has signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be lower than 1990 levels.
Ideas for attracting jobs to Lawrence are offered
March 28, 2007
There’s been no shortage of talk about jobs from the six candidates seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.

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