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Firefighters, Realtors endorse city candidates

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It is a sure sign that we’re in the final days of the Lawrence City Commission campaign. Endorsements from various organizations are starting to roll in for slates of candidates. On April 7, three candidates will be elected to the city commission.

Also in a sign that city employees are worried how tough the 2010 city budget may be, a group of city employees is making an endorsement in the race.

The Lawrence Professional Firefighters’ Political Action Committee has endorsed candidates Mike Amyx, James Bush and Aron Cromwell for the April 7 election.

Firefighters normally haven’t formally endorsed candidates in past races, but the group is clearly concerned that budget cuts in 2010 could impact public safety funding.

“The union’s endorsement is based solely on the strength of commitment that candidates Amyx, Bush and Cromwell made to preserving public safety as a core service during the current recession,” the PAC said in a press release. “While other candidates were generally supportive of these efforts, the above candidates were endorsed because they were the most firm in their commitment not to allow emergency services to decline during the current recession.”

The PAC said it would be making a financial contribution to each candidate, and would run advertisements in local media supporting its slate.

The Lawrence Board of Realtors also made endorsement recently, but chose a slightly different slate of candidates. Amyx, Bush and Lance Johnson received the nod from the city’s largest group of real estate representatives.

“In these difficult times, we need leaders like Mike Amyx, James Bush and Lance Johnson who are truly committed to moving forward with a commitment to grow our property tax base through new economic development opportunities and job creation,” said Randy Barnes, the board’s president.

I’ve heard informally that several other groups have made endorsements of candidates, but I’ve yet to see them. So, as they say, stay tuned.

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madmike 5 years ago

Ocean - firefighters endorsement means what exactly? as a group they are civic minded but what expertise do they have other than a fairly large number of City employees?

This, coming from you Ocean? A doofus that opens most of her lines with the term "bong hits"? Other than beeing a doper moron, what life experiences or skills do you have?

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ocean 5 years ago

most disappointing thing about this election is that the S o l i d a r i t y group didn't run a candidate to 'tell the truth' to the people of Lawrence.

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ocean 5 years ago

bearded gnome - 'we' are not who you think but not too far off - we are neighbors and also throw up red flags on Amyx just ask our neighborhood association president - Amyx is simply a good poker player and will lie straight to your face.

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ocean 5 years ago

Mike A's heart is not in the right place at all.

IF he can vote for the Fritzel-Sutherland Oread hotel and overturn a unanimous HRC historic resources commission that would be an example of not holding up to the long term community interests but rather sucking up to short term economic goals of the local power elite Tom Fritzel & Tom Sutherland.

Secondly, Amyx knew what was coming down the pike for all of us and instead supported the expenditure by Weseman & Bracciano of $14.4 million dollars in artificial turf and athletic fields while not coming clean on the fact that the new planning director from Olathe was gonna let the whole deal slip and not meet parking or traffic requirements in the code for 19th & Louisiana.

Finally, Amyx is simply a patronizing toad when it comes to telling the truth. Next up - he's ready to 'evade' on the North Lawrence Industrial park development just watch him vote YES for subsidies for the infrastructure to mess up North Lawrence agricultural land.

And now Marci Francisco has a yard sign up for Amyx.

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bearded_gnome 5 years ago

So is ocean blatantly plagiarizing Richard? Or is it just channeling Richard? Or is it actually Richard violating forum rules by having two profiles?

or with the obsessive posting: "ocean" is the former cool/ariadne/coltrane/spiderman/rusty2????

obsessive posting, repetitive posting should tell the reader much about the values and psyche of the "ocen."


wasn't planning to vote for bush, now that I know he's endorsed by the kansas equality coalition, glad I didn't plan to vote for him. rather violates his stated faith with the southern baptists. but then, Bill Clinton was a "southern baptist" too. when he was in the whithouse the head of the southern baptists bemoaned Clinton's immoral behavior by saying "I wish we did have a southern baptist in the whitehouse."


I disagree often with MikeA, but I think his heart is in the right place. and, intend to vote for him, Lance Johnson, maybe Banks because of his history not his present.

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Pilgrim2 5 years ago

So is ocean blatantly plagiarizing Richard? Or is it just channeling Richard? Or is it actually Richard violating forum rules by having two profiles?

Whatever the case, it has nothing to do with the firefighters and the realtors endorsing city commission candidates.

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macon47 5 years ago

AS LONG AS NO ONE IS DUMB ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR KLINGENBERG I DONT CARE

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ocean 5 years ago

Taxpayers should be questioning the multi million dollar athletic project under way at Clinton Lake that basically duplicates the USD 497 multi-million dollar athletic project???

http://www.lprd.org/clmasterplan.shtml

Is Clinton Lake area within walking or biking distance to the far greater majority of Lawrence taxpayers?

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ocean 5 years ago

no one said James Bush wasn't a good person -

that's not the point walking on water. a good leader not a 'follower' (pun intended) IS WHAT WE NEED.

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Pilgrim2 5 years ago

ocean (Anonymous) says…

Vote for Constance, Tom Johnson or Gwen, and Aron Cromwell, please.


Told ya'.

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ocean 5 years ago

dear walking on water,

walking says regarding James Bush: his primary work is with macelis restaurant downtown. and, add a dose of liberalism, he is endorsed by the kansas equality coalition

so what? being liberal on one social issue doesn't mean that he is good for lawrence on land use or planning issues -

in fact if he caters (pun intended) to one group to get votes, again just look at his supporter list of Hack/Finkeldai/Robinson et all to fortell the rubber stamp potential.

we need fresh leaders and Aron Cromwell & Tod Johnson look mighty fine indeed to us young North Lawrencians!

vote Cromwell or Tom Johnson, Constance or Klingenberg, only thanks

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ocean 5 years ago

pretty much says it all:

kuhusker (Anonymous) says… No surprise about the realtors. You can tell who they like because all their empty, unsold and undeveloped lots have signs for their preferred candidates, but you never see those same signs in front of actual owner-occupied homes.

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ocean 5 years ago

constantly amazed has her blinders on for sure - want the old wifeeee and i to help impart some wisdom to you?

for starters - Lance Johnston didn't answer job creation questions nearly as well as Tom Johnson, Dennis Constance, Price Banks, or Aron Cromwell at the recent candidate forum.

'they' all talked about / and especially Tom Johnson about enhancing Lawrence as a retirement center because of quality of life and recreational opportunities.

Lance Johnson meanwhile talked essentially to the usual corporate welfare for real estate development, while Aron Cromwell supported both affordable housing and green energy retrofit and new employment by small business as a pattern for growth.

Lance Johnson is simply at the trough of the developer standard diet for LANDplan........would you expect otherwise.

LJ was not keen on Affordable housing and others at the forum were.

James Bush barely knew and looked surprised when affordable housing came up as a topic. he hadn't been breiefed yet by Sue Hack or Finkeldai what to say about affordable housing.

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ocean 5 years ago

thanks logicsound,

just noticed yesterday all of the Compton properties have Lance Johnston signs up!

Compton / Lance Johnson - a marriage made at the bank.

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ocean 5 years ago

walkingonwater (Anonymous) says… ocean, though your unbiased opinion is always welcome, you don't have the first clue of bush's background. our son's play on the same ball team so i know he is a decent guy, and capable business person. he started his first business in 1992, a non profit, learn more with a search of passport camps to learn more. in addition, he has a consulting business on the side. his primary work is with macelis restaurant downtown. and, add a dose of liberalism, he is endorsed by the kansas equality coalition.

and so what?

look at some of his donor / supporters -- corporate clone brains for the most part ...... he is low on experience in Lawrence but backed up by Sue Hack - that pretty much says it all!

better choices abound compared to BUSH.

Cromwell for one, Constance for another, Tom Johnson & Klingenberg also. and the mixed message of a preacher turned politician - well not very good really.

Vote for Constance, Tom Johnson or Gwen, and Aron Cromwell, please.

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ConstantlyAmazed 5 years ago

I also think Lance Johnson is committed to the best interests of the entire community. Not just the squeaky wheels.

We do need leaders focused every day on job creation, and I believe him when he says that is what he is going to do.

More jobs = more tax dollars = more support of social and city services.

Less jobs = less services.

Anyone opposed to increasing our tax base thru job growth, and maintaining or growing the city's support of social services?

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couranna1 5 years ago

I officially endorse the mountain lemur for city commission Why not as good as the others

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logicsound04 5 years ago

"I believe Lance Johnson to be committed to the best interests of our community"


If you would want Doug Compton on the city commission, then Johnson is a logical choice.

I would hope that a guy like Compton would be a turnoff, however.

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Pilgrim2 5 years ago

ocean (Anonymous) says…

firefighters endorsement means what exactly?

as a group they are civic minded but what expertise do they have other than a fairly large number of City employees?


Probably orders of magnitude more than you.

AMYX should not be endorsed by the group because he does not tell the community up front what the developers whisper in his ear — BUSH doesn't have any experience and hasn't run a business either.

Cromwell is new and does have a business so he knows something about management issues.


Here's a bet that's as sure as Todd Reesing with be the Jayhawks' QB this fall: Ocean would be singing from an entirely different hymnal had the firefighters endorsed Klingenberg and Constance instead of Amyx and Bush.

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DirtyGirl 5 years ago

let's not forget Mr. Bush's experience as a pastor- leadership, budget management that directly affects the lives a community, people skills, ability to serve the needs of a community....all skills a pastor must possess and grow, while encouraging others along the way. ADD to that a dose of liberalism, and why wouldn't we want a guy like that in the City Commission?

ocean, i will agree with you that Lance Johnson has yet to say anything that makes much sense to the realities of Lawrence.....

at least the firefighters care enough about the election to make an endorsement...maybe it will inspire the general public to get in tune and VOTE!!!

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walkingonwater 5 years ago

my point is, i have known the guy for a couple of years. didn't think i needed to provide every detail

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scott3460 5 years ago

"our son's play on the same ball team so i know he is a decent guy"

"wow." nothing else, just "wow."

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walkingonwater 5 years ago

ocean, though your unbiased opinion is always welcome, you don't have the first clue of bush's background. our son's play on the same ball team so i know he is a decent guy, and capable business person. he started his first business in 1992, a non profit, learn more with a search of passport camps to learn more. in addition, he has a consulting business on the side. his primary work is with macelis restaurant downtown. and, add a dose of liberalism, he is endorsed by the kansas equality coalition.

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ocean 5 years ago

no surprise that the Board of Realtors makes even worse endoresements.

AMYX is virtually against historic preservation having voted in the past to level downtown for a mall, and more recently to throw out the code book for the 105 ft. tall hotel by Fritzel&Sutherland families at 12th & Oread Avenue. Amyx doesn't tell the truth - he sits and votes on what the developers whisper into his ear.

BUSH again no experience, new to Lawrence and in Sue Hack's leadership class i guess since she gave him $500 on 2/13 for Valentine's Day.

Lance Johnson - oh yeah at the candidate forum he said that affordable housing is not needed in Lawrence - the free market will deliver affordable housing based on supply & demand.

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ocean 5 years ago

firefighters endorsement means what exactly?

as a group they are civic minded but what expertise do they have other than a fairly large number of City employees?

AMYX should not be endorsed by the group because he does not tell the community up front what the developers whisper in his ear -- BUSH doesn't have any experience and hasn't run a business either.

Cromwell is new and does have a business so he knows something about management issues.

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couranna1 5 years ago

realtors endorsing a candidate who cares what a salesperson wants

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grimpeur 5 years ago

So, middle, what about Mr. Johnson has made it clear to you that he is most committed? That is, what has he said about, say, job creation, to make him your choice? Please be specific.

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right_down_the_middle 5 years ago

there are in front of my owner occupied home. I believe Lance Johnson to be committed to the best interests of our community. While I personally believe emergency services are the most essential services provided by City Government...they, as a group, don't get to decide what is the best way to pay for and provide those services. That's why we have elected officials. Otherwise all groups of city employees would simply always demand raises.

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kuhusker 5 years ago

No surprise about the realtors. You can tell who they like because all their empty, unsold and undeveloped lots have signs for their preferred candidates, but you never see those same signs in front of actual owner-occupied homes.

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