Lawrence City Commission, school board will have primary elections; here’s who’s running

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Noon Thursday was the deadline to file to run for local office. A primary election on Aug. 1 will narrow down the ballots ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.

Here are the candidates for Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board.


Lawrence City Commission candidates, in order of filing:

  • Amber Sellers (incumbent)
  • Dustin Stumblingbear
  • Mike Dever
  • Brad Finkeldei (incumbent)
  • Courtney Shipley (incumbent)
  • Justine O. Burton
  • Joshua Olafson
  • Chris Flowers

Because there are more than two times the number of candidates for the three seats on the ballot, there will be a primary election on Aug. 1.

All three incumbent city commissioners whose terms will expire filed for reelection.

This year, the Lawrence school board election includes four seats for candidates who will serve four-year terms, and one seat for candidates to serve out the unexpired two years of the term of Andrew Nussbaum, who resigned to move out of state.

There will be a primary election for the two-year term.

Lawrence school board candidates running for four year terms, in order of filing:

  • Rachel Stumblingbear
  • Anne Costello
  • Yolanda Franklin
  • Carole Cadue-Blackwood (incumbent)
  • Kevin Coronado
  • Edward (E.J.) Gonzales
  • Brandon Moore
  • Jody Meyer
  • GR Gordon-Ross (incumbent)

Candidates running for the two-year school board term, in order of filing:

  • Justine O. Burton
  • Tierra Teske
  • Ariel Miner
  • Shannon Kimball (incumbent)

Lawrence school board incumbents Erica Hill and Paula Smith did not file for reelection.

Board member Kay Emerson announced her resignation on Friday, and the remainder of her term will be filled through an application process.

Cast your vote

The deadline to register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the Aug. 1, 2023 primary is Tuesday, July 11.

Advance voting begins Wednesday, July 12. Douglas County voters can check their voter registration, register to vote or request an advance ballot by mail at

Candidates who make it through the primary will be on the ballots for the general election, coming up Tuesday, Nov. 7.

See candidates for other local governments in Douglas County at this link. Learn more about voting in Douglas County at this link.

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