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General Election — April 7, 2009

  • Lawrence City Commission
  • Lawrence School Board
  • Baldwin City Mayor
  • Baldwin City City Council
  • Baldwin City School Board District 1
  • Baldwin City School Board District 2
  • Baldwin City School Board District 3
  • Eudora Mayor
  • Eudora City Council
  • Basehor City Council
  • Basehor-Linwood School Board Position 4
  • Basehor-Linwood School Board Position 5
  • Basehor-Linwood School Board Position 6
  • Basehor mayor
  • Bonner Springs City Council Ward 1
  • Bonner Springs City Council Ward 2
  • Bonner Springs City Council Ward 3
  • Bonner Springs City Council Ward 4
  • Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school board
  • Bonner Springs Mayor
  • De Soto School Board Position 4
  • De Soto School Board Position 5
  • De Soto School Board Position 6
  • Edwardsville City Council
  • Edwardsville mayor
  • Eudora School Board
  • Lecompton City Council
  • Lecompton Mayor
  • Shawnee Heights School Board District A
  • Shawnee Heights School Board District B
  • Shawnee Heights School Board District C
  • Shawnee Mission School Board
  • Tonganoxie City Council
  • Tonganoxie School Board Position 4
  • Tonganoxie School Board Position 5
  • Tonganoxie School Board Position 6
  • USD 289 School Board Position 4
  • USD 289 School Board Position 5
  • USD 289 School Board Position 6
  • USD 343 School Board Position 4
  • USD 343 School Board Position 5

Lawrence City Commission

All precincts reporting / 25,146 total votes / Unofficial results / Precinct breakdown

Completed candidate chats
Candidates file finance reports
April 1, 2009
As Lawrence City Commission candidates sprint toward the April 7 election, the lone incumbent in the field had the most success in raising funds, according to new reports. City Commissioner Mike Amyx took in $12,453 in campaign contributions from Feb. 20 to March 26, according to new reports released Tuesday by the Douglas County Clerk’s office.
Candidates tout stances at last major forum
March 31, 2009
It was kind of like choir practice. Candidates for the Lawrence City Commission largely stuck to familiar tunes Monday night as they participated in the last major public forum before the April 7 elections. Candidates Lance Johnson and James Bush both continued to tout the need for a new commitment to attract jobs and businesses to the city so that the tax burden on residents can shrink.
Help wanted on job front
Candidates must apply new ideas to reverse losses
March 23, 2009
Forget the National Championship. Forget the football team’s recent bowl successes. Forget whatever victory it was that caused you to do that funny looking dance on Massachusetts Street. The truth is, Lawrence is mired in a losing streak — at least according to federal statistics that measure jobs.
Candidate forums to be aired again
March 23, 2009
Forums for Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates from March 18 will be replayed on Channel 6 before the election. The school board candidate forum can be seen at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and at 7:30 p.m. April 5. The City Commission candidate forum will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. April 5.
Social issue, services hot topics at forum
March 19, 2009
A majority of City Commission candidates favor creating a new anti-discrimination law that would provide legal protection to transvestites and other transgender individuals. Six of the eight candidates threw their support behind the newly proposed idea at a candidate forum Wednesday at City Hall. “The common denominator of our community should be that we are all simply equal,” said James Bush.
Candidate forums set for city, school board
March 17, 2009
Three more voter education forums are scheduled for candidates seeking seats on the City Commission and the school board. Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates will participate in a forum hosted by the Voter Education Coalition on Wednesday at Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.
Voter education forums to feature school, city candidates
March 16, 2009
Three more voter education forums are scheduled for candidates seeking seats on the City Commission and the school board.
Infrastructure treatment key issue for city candidates
Underlying problems are overriding concerns
March 16, 2009
The next City Commission likely will be charged with making the most expensive decision in the community’s history. The next group of Lawrence city commissioners almost certainly will have to figure out whether to restart work on building a second sewage treatment plant for the city, a project that will cost at least $80 million and cause sewage rates to rise for every resident.
City candidates must navigate street issues
March 16, 2009
They’re called city commissioners, but many days you could probably change their title to street commissioners. As eight candidates vie for three spots on the Lawrence City Commission, seldom a day goes by that they aren’t asked about the condition of city streets, and what they plan to do about them.
City candidates speed their way through forum
March 11, 2009
Here’s a new concept for Lawrence City Commission candidates — speed dating. No, it is not the newest issue to come before the commission. Instead the eight candidates running for a seat on the commission got to participate in a form of speed dating for candidates on Wednesday.
City commission candidates to appear at forum in North Lawrence
March 6, 2009
Lawrence City Commission candidates will take questions from the public at an upcoming North Lawrence neighborhood forum.
Bringing neighborhoods’ voices to the front is candidate’s focus
March 5, 2009
Perhaps it was a crummy Lawrence apartment in 1979 that set the wheels in motion for Gwen Klingenberg to immerse herself in the business of City Hall. “It was so bad that we had to go to a nearby gas station to use the bathroom,” Klingenberg said. “But it was the only thing I could afford.” And back then, Klingenberg was just another 20-something who didn’t know much about how to speak up and draw attention to an issue in Lawrence.
Candidate discusses details of bankruptcy
March 5, 2009
Gwen Klingenberg is running for one of three seats opening on the Lawrence City Commission, while still in the shadow of filing for bankruptcy just four months ago. “I was upfront and honest with everybody about this,” Klingenberg said of the Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection that she and her husband sought. “But I still had people telling me to go through with the campaign. They said lots of people were going through this.
Radio station manager running frugal campaign
March 4, 2009
For Tom Johnson, the freelance music days are still fresh in his mind. That time period where he took a break from college to travel from town to town to play a set or run a soundboard. That time when he made so little money that the IRS considered his profession a hobby. That time when he could tell you every restaurant in Lawrence that served a cheap bowl of soup. Those days are done now. Johnson, 30, ended up settling down with a job as a general manager for a student-run radio station, with a wife, and with a house that actually is just a few blocks from his childhood home in Deerfield.
Candidate brings perspective on job creation
March 3, 2009
Lance Johnson remembers the celebrations growing up in Hays. There, where the wind blows strong and the water runs weak, you didn’t have to win a national championship to get the locals excited. In Hays, the community scorecard was a bit broader than in Lawrence. “When a community like Hays got something new, it was a big deal,” Johnson said. “When we got an Applebee’s, it was a big deal. It was something we celebrated.”