City Government

Candidate profiles for 2019 Lawrence city, school board elections

Residents of Lawrence will elect new leaders to the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In the lead-up to that election, the Journal-World has interviewed the six candidates for three seats on the City Commission and the five candidates for the four ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lawrence City Commission approves incentives for manufacturing plant with 80 jobs

City leaders have approved an incentive package for a manufacturing plant that wants to bring 80 jobs to Lawrence. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted 4-0 to approve Kansas City, Mo.-based U.S. Engineering Metalworks' request for a property tax abatement, a sales ...

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 ...

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

Lawrence City Commission to consider incentives for manufacturing plant with 80 jobs

City leaders will soon decide whether to provide tax breaks to a manufacturing plant that wants to bring 80 jobs to Lawrence. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider an incentive package application from the Kansas City, Mo.-based company U.S. Engineering ...

City Commission candidate Boley wants city to focus on core services

For Stuart Boley, some of the best conversations about local politics happen not behind the microphone at City Hall, but over a cup of coffee. Boley, the lone incumbent candidate in the upcoming City Commission election, said that he goes to a monthly coffee meetup, hosted by Community Village ...