2019 Election

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Are you registered to vote in November election? Tuesday is your last chance

Tuesday is the final day to register for the Nov. 5 election, which will decide who will serve on the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board, among other issues. Six candidates are running to fill three seats on the City Commission, and five candidates are running to fill four ...

Lawrence school board candidates come to broad consensus on safety, security issues

Although the issue of school safety and security has long been a priority for the Lawrence school district, a recent event has again made it an important topic of conversation for candidates vying for a seat on the school board. But importance of a topic does not necessarily mean there will be ...

Lawrence school board candidates air views on SROs, district challenges at forum

The five candidates running for the four Lawrence school board positions on the Nov. 5 ballot shared their differing views on the challenges facing the school district, including the role that school resource officers should play, on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chapter of the ...

Lawrence City Commission candidates share views on addressing climate change

Lawrence City Commission candidates discussed several environmental and climate issues at a forum Wednesday evening, including the role they think local elected officials have in addressing climate change. The forum at the University of Kansas' Lied Center was moderated by KU Public Affairs ...

Douglas County mail-in ballots now include prepaid postage

Residents in Douglas County who wish to cast election ballots through the mail will no longer need to pay postage to do so. Advance ballot envelopes will now be marked with postage already paid, the Douglas County Clerk’s Office announced in a Monday news release. Previously, voters who cast ...

City Commission candidate Shipley wants better housing and job options

Having grown up in Lawrence, Courtney Shipley says she knows there are people who have left the city only because they couldn’t afford to stay. “Their parents are here, and they love it here and they wish they could raise their kids here, but it’s really expensive and there are no ...

City Commission candidate Sands wants a comprehensive fix for affordable housing

As a planning commissioner, Rob Sands understands that there will be disagreements at City Hall and that sometimes emotions will run high. Sands said what makes those situations easier was reminding himself what everyone agreed on. “We all love Lawrence and we want it to stay the way it ...

School board candidate Smith wants to help all students find success in education

As a graduate of the former Lawrence Alternative High School, Paula Smith said she wants to help Lawrence students find pathways to success that best suit them. “The way the program was geared to fit me better helped me succeed to graduate on time,” she said of her time at the Lawrence ...

Surviving cancer motivated school board candidate Perry to run for office

Thea Perry has always been interested in public service, but she was too shy to run for office. That changed, however, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2018. Perry, a candidate for the Lawrence school board election this fall, said the health issue motivated her to ...

City Commission candidate Hentzler wants the city to live up to its progressive roots

Though Joey Hentzler has an active interest in politics, he didn’t necessarily plan to run for office. However, as he was trying to motivate others to run, many suggested that he would make a good candidate himself. “I had been searching for candidates who I thought would be committed to ...

City Commission candidate Finkeldei wants the city to better support social services

As a longtime volunteer with local social service organizations, Brad Finkeldei has seen the struggles of Lawrence residents firsthand, and he doesn’t think he’s alone in wanting the city to do more to help. “Certainly the city has to fund its core services, but, beyond that, where does ...

School board member Kimball wants a third term to see current projects through

Since Shannon Kimball began serving in the Lawrence school district in 2010, the Lawrence school board has approved several construction projects to renovate buildings across the district. While Kimball, who served on a special elementary school facilities task force for the district in 2010 ...

City Commission candidate Easthouse wants more comprehensive debates at City Hall

Having grown up in Lawrence, Ken Easthouse said he did not shy away from a healthy debate when it came to local issues. “We have a spirit in Lawrence that loves to debate, and everyone has their own pet issue that they love to talk about, and that’s one of the things that makes Lawrence ...