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Candidates discuss safety, code enforcement at North Lawrence Improvement Association forum

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The North Lawrence Improvement Association hosted a Lawrence City Commission candidate forum Wednesday at the Union Pacific Depot.

Candidates Mike Dever, Justine Burton, Courtney Shipley, Brad Finkeldei and Dustin Stumblingbear participated. Candidate Amber Sellers was out of town for work.

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Ted Boyle, NLIA president, led the discussion, with contributions and questions from other North Lawrence neighbors.

The group discussed topics including the lack of a North Lawrence grocery store, safety in the neighborhood and code enforcement concerns, expanding the Lawrence Regional Airport and property tax relief.

Listen to the forum below, or click on a timestamp to jump to that section of the video (will open in a new tab):

00:00 — Intro
02:03 — Grocery store discussion
14:38 — Safety, code enforcement concerns
53:16 — Expanding the Lawrence Regional Airport
1:04:33 — Property tax relief

The general election is coming up Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Meet the candidates and find out how to register to vote, double-check your registration and/or request a mail ballot on our election page, lawrencekstimes.com/election2023. The deadline to register to vote or update your registration is Tuesday, Oct. 17; advance voting begins the following day.

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