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What do you look for in a City Commission candidate?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 27, 2005

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Photo of Brian Beatty

“Someone with priorities to work for the interest of the citizens, especially on things like education.”

Photo of April Horstman Reser

“In general, I would be for any candidate that promotes liberal policies that help spread the wealth around.”

Photo of Jordan Yochim

“I don’t want someone who is issue-based. I want someone who is principle-based.”

Photo of Kevin Stultz

“I guess just somebody who is going to take the majority’s interest into consideration.”


merrywidow033 13 years, 1 month ago

um. italianprincess. people will complain regardless. and also. look around you, lawrence isnt exactly the most ethnically diverse town. hell, i think topeka is more ethnically diverse. i agree we should have people of diferent ethnicities on the city commission, however, let's attract some people of different ehtnicities to live here first. O_o

Liberty 13 years, 1 month ago

A candidate that knows what the constitution of Kansas and of the United States of America says and knows what the constitution will allow him or her to do while in office. (Not such things as illegal bans like the fireworks ban and the smoking ban which are unconstitutional and have no authority). Also a candidate that will fairly represent the people while remaining within the ability that the constituion allows.

Punkin 13 years, 1 month ago

I am looking for commmissioners who'll make City Hall and City administration both accessble and accountable to the Citizens.

In particular, I'd like to see equal time given to quality of life issues, like crime, transportation and open government.

There are some City of Lawrence staff who have been steadfastly intransigent in the face of rational change. These folks need to go!

Given the educated population of Lawrence, the size of the town and what we pay in in property taxes, it is not unreasonable to ask for real consideration of the following:

Consistant sidewalks and bikelanes throughout our city.

An accountable police force, overseen by a citizen's review board.

Curbside recycling

Longterm support for public transportation and pedestrian connectivity and pedestrian rights.

Truly open government where public records requests are granted and meetings are scheduled so that working citizens can attend and participate.

italianprincess 13 years, 1 month ago

Since we moved here in 97 I haven't seen any city commissioners of color. It would be nice to have a melting pot of color on the board for a change. One can only hope that people of all colors would run for these positions, but haven't seen this yet.

I would like to also see a board that is willing to think things through before making harsh decisions so quickly on certain issues. Money seems to be spent so careless at times that it which makes people living here angry. Decisions that are made are sometimes not thought through, then in the long run effect buisnesses all over Lawrence. You then have unhappy buisness owners, unhappy citizens and people complain all the time.

Richard Heckler 13 years, 1 month ago

First off I don't want commissioners who want to buy off voters through spending tons of money on a campaign. Second I want commissioners who explain themselves thoroughly...I have seen that twice thus far this time around. The 4 folks with the most cash do not offer much substance as yet.

The city commissions over a 15 year period prior to the current commission gave Lawrence a huge boost to its "bedroom community" of which we are and translates into higher taxes. City Commissions that allowed such to transpire are neither fiscal conservative nor frugal.

Under the current commission much residential is being constructed and new business is still showing up: Crown Toyota is expanding/ 31st and Iowa has new construction Southeast Lawrence construction is now going strong Far west 6th street has new housing approved however must wait for KDOT expansion. KDOT is a slow mover however it is best to build the road for the new traffic now instead of later. New housing is in perpetual motion throughout Lawrence and Douglas County for example Barker and Brook Creek Neighborhoods have new housing projects underway with the blessing of the neighborhoods. Bo Harris has new commercial project underway in the "warehouse district" of East Lawrence and the new bike trail could possibly be a part of this rehab with the blessing of the neighborhood. New warehouse construction in North Lawrence Tenants to Homeowners have low income energy efficient residential projects consistently underway. This is the model for low income housing:no energy hogs allowed. Facelifts are occurring downtown including the Eldridge Hotel. *Zoning is being updated thereby allowing more infill development

If anything slows business coming to Lawrence it will be the basic cost of property,materials and labor associated with new construction. It's no secret who controls those factors...certainly not city commissioners.

The Louisiana Street traffic calming project began coming together in early 2000 initiated by the neighborhoods. Speed of traffic and finding it evermore difficult to back out of driveways for residents located on Louisiana south of 23rd were the primary factors.

mrcairo 13 years, 1 month ago

Someone who votes the voice of the community, not their own personal view.

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