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Highberger in race for county seat

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Outgoing City Commissioner Boog Highberger has confirmed that he’ll officially seek the appointment to fill the seat on the Douglas County Commission that will become vacant when Charles Jones steps down.

We reported last week that Highberger, a six-year member of the City Commission who chose not to seek re-election, was considering seeking the seat.

Now, he says he’ll be in the race when Douglas County Democrats meet for a special convention at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Highberger said he’ll “make his case” to the 22 precinct committeemen and women from Jones’ district who will cast secret ballots to determine the appointment.

Highberger will have stiff competition. Mike Gaughan, a legislative assistant to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and a former director of the state’s Democratic Party, has been running an active campaign for the seat.

Presumably, Gaughan will have a head start in winning votes. Both Gaughan and his wife are precinct committee members who are eligible to vote in the election.

Speculation is that no other serious candidates will emerge for the seat.

Jones is stepping down to devote more time to his job at Kansas University.

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maxcrabb 5 years ago

If I didn't know any better (and I do because i've met the man) you'd think Boog was 12 feet tall, breathed fire, and kept up a healthy diet of virgins.

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

First the city, then the county. Next the State? The president? I know I'm going to wake up any minute........

It's only a nightmare.............................. It's only a nightmare.............................. It's only a nightmare.............................. ......................

........

zzzzzzzzzz!

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cheeseburger 5 years ago

No max - in fact, I think it is quite pathetic that the democratic party cannot come up with any better choices than these two! Boog will make Charles Jones look like a saint, and while I applaud Jones for his years of service, I didn't see eye-to-eye with him on many issues. And can you really envision Boog giving much of a rat's rear about anything going on in Baldwin, Eudora, Lecompton, or the county-at-large - unless it involves stifling progress? I can't.

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Steve Jacob 5 years ago

Doesn't a County Commissioner make a lot more money then a city commissioner.

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ocean 5 years ago

well Lawrence certainly believes in recycling....

Jesus - an election right during the 'easter bunny' season and we get what?

Mike Amyx popping out of a hat and Boog wanting to jump back into the hat.

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Gootsie 5 years ago

MD, you will never know what comes out of this keyboard, as I won't with yours now that I've seen the face too!

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oneeye_wilbur 5 years ago

Does this Boog represent any of us in Eudora? Seeing from one eye, this Boog sure doesn't look good for us in Eudora and rest of Douglas county. Why is it that Lawrence folks think they are the whole county?

You sure have some "winners" at your city hall.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Now that I have a face to put with that comment. (facepalm...just can't believe it!) LOL!

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Gootsie 5 years ago

I am pro boogers. What else will you do when you wait at a stoplight.

pro Boog? No way in he$$.

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macon47 5 years ago

if you cant vote for mike write in your least favorite brother in law

anyone would be better that booger

you can pick your friends and you can pick you nose

but you cant pick your friends nose or booger

please dont pick booger

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consumer1 5 years ago

Say good bye to your money and hello to more stupid round a bouts.

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tonymontana 5 years ago

since everyone apparerntly already hates Boog, what are we worrying about? i haven't heard from any pro boogers.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

I think we should put up a statue of him downtown. We just don't have enough real Art. Hack, let's put her up there too. Of course, there might be vandals out there.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/5089510/Russian-vandals-blast-hole-through-Lenin-statue-in-St-Petersburg.html

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blue73harley 5 years ago

Gootsie - I do believe they were twins separated at birth.

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Gootsie 5 years ago

They have to be related, blue. Aren't they?

Get him out of here. Now.

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blue73harley 5 years ago

Jesus H. Christ!!!!! Not again!!!!!!

Can't we get this guy to go to KC and hang out with The Funk or something!?

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scott3460 5 years ago

Anyone know Mike Gaughan's position on the SLT?

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ocean 5 years ago

TrooGrit gets bonus points.

bongo drum intro..... llll .......

bong hits for TrooGrit

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TrooGrit 5 years ago

Good point jcstepmom28, now I just need to find out who they are, and let them know how I feel. The only good Boog, is NO Boog!

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XD40 5 years ago

Dear Lord. No, no, no, no.

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5 years ago

Your choice on who to vote for it a moot point, unless you are a precinct committee person. Cut from article "22 precinct committeemen and women from Jones’ district who will cast secret ballots to determine the appointment."

Those 22 people will determine who gets this seat. If you have an opinion, express it to your committee person!

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maxcrabb 5 years ago

So, i'm interested to know...

Will you be voting for Mike Gaughan? Because...

Marion- http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/mar/27/sebelius-hhs-confirmation-could-come-next-week/#c854065

cheeseburger- http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/jan/27/eight-candidates-file-city-commission-election-not/#c797702

and raider... well, I couldn't pick just one.

My point is, you're voting AGAINST someone to prove a point, while mitigating all your other beliefs by voting for the former Director of the state's Democratic party (and Sebelius supporter).

You really dislike Boog that much?

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consumer1 5 years ago

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Raider 5 years ago

You can bet that I will vote against this yoyo. Hopefully he gets routed in this election. We don't need more years of Boog in any type of office.

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cheeseburger 5 years ago

You can bet that Boog's campaign slogan will be 'Stop the SLT.' I truly don't think he has the entire county's best interest at heart - he is running solely on one issue. This would be a bad choice for Douglas County.

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Marion Lynn 5 years ago

And the bong hits just keep on comin'!

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