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Highberger in race for county seat


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.


Raider 8 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.

maxcrabb 8 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?

Julie Jacob 8 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!

Scott Drummond 8 years ago

Anyone know Mike Gaughan's position on the SLT?

Linda Aikins 8 years ago

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

Get him out of here. Now.

tonymontana 8 years ago

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

Linda Aikins 8 years ago

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

pro Boog? No way in he$$.

Linda Aikins 8 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!

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

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

RoeDapple 8 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.............................. ......................



maxcrabb 8 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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