Learn all about the candidates and issues on the ballot in Lawrence

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The six candidates for the 2019 Lawrence City Commission election, at top, and the five candidates for the 2019 Lawrence school board election, at bottom.

Residents of Lawrence will elect new leaders to the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board and vote on a state constitutional amendment Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In the lead-up to the election, the Journal-World has interviewed the six candidates for three seats on the City Commission and the five candidates for the four at-large positions on the school board. The Journal-World has also covered numerous candidate forums in the community and has asked candidates for their stances on various issues. Read all the coverage at the links below.

Residents can take part in advance voting during these times at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, 1100 Massachusetts St., until Election Day:

– Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Friday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to noon

For more information on voting, visit the Douglas County elections website.

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Lawrence City Commission

Candidate profiles

Stuart Boley

Ken Easthouse

Brad Finkeldei

Joey Hentzler

Rob Sands

Courtney Shipley

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Candidates share ideas on supporting indigenous community (Oct. 30)

Candidates share priorities for addressing housing issues (Oct. 22)

Candidates say what they would do to make the city more equitable (Oct. 14)

Candidates mostly agree on environmental issues, Parks and Rec at forum (Oct. 12)

Candidates share views on addressing climate change (Oct. 2)

Candidates discuss how they would support downtown businesses; two candidates support vacancy tax (Sept. 26)

Candidates share views on growth policies, incentives, other issues (Sept. 11)

Candidates share their views on budget, sidewalks, recreation facility fees (June 15)

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Candidates share their views on plastic bag fees, Tobacco 21, environmental policies (Oct. 26)

Candidates share their views on addressing city infrastructure maintenance, including sidewalks and utility rates (Oct. 20)

Candidates discuss their vision in their own words (Oct. 20)

Candidates share their ideas for addressing affordable housing (Oct. 13)

photo by: Nick Krug

The Lawrence school district offices are pictured at 110 McDonald Drive in this file photo from May 2017.

Lawrence school board

Candidate profiles

Carole Cadue-Blackwood

Shannon Kimball

Erica Hill

Thea Perry

Paula Smith

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Candidates air views on SROs, district challenges at forum (Oct. 5)

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Candidates discuss district’s future in their own words (Oct. 20)

Candidates come to broad consensus on safety, security issues (Oct. 13)

Kansas constitutional amendment

Constitutional amendment could mean increased representation in Legislature for Douglas County

Other information

Lawrence to provide free bus service on Election Day

Lawrence City Commission candidates Finkeldei, Boley and Hentzler lead in overall fundraising (Oct. 29)

3 Lawrence City Commission candidates take lead in campaign contributions (Aug. 1)


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