Lawrence City Commission candidate withdraws from race; primary election not required now

photo by: Mike Yoder

Dustin Stumblingbear, of Lawrence, addresses protesters at the March For Our Lives rally Saturday, March 24, 2018, on the Kansas Statehouse grounds in Topeka.

Dustin Stumblingbear has withdrawn his candidacy for the Lawrence City Commission.

Stumblingbear’s exit from the race means that a primary election is not currently required unless another candidate files to run in the next few weeks. The seats of commissioners Stuart Boley, Leslie Soden and Matthew Herbert are up for reelection this year, and both Soden and Herbert have announced they will not seek reelection.

Stumblingbear was the first of seven candidates to file for the 2019 City Commission election. Remaining candidates comprise attorney and nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei, Kansas Army National Guard officer and planning commissioner Rob Sands, neighborhood leader and city board member Ken Easthouse, social advocate and community board member Joey Hentzler, retired auditor and community volunteer Boley, and neighborhood leader and community board member Courtney Shipley.

Stumblingbear did not immediately return a phone call from the Journal-World Monday afternoon regarding his decision.

City ordinance requires a primary when the number of candidates is more than two times the number of open seats. The filing deadline for the election is noon on June 3, and the primary election would be Aug. 6, if required.


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