Three Lawrence City Commission seats and five Lawrence school board seats were up for election.
Candidates who made it through the Aug. 1 primary were on the ballots for the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Learn more about voting in Douglas County at this link.
2023 Election results
Lawrence voters returned Mike Dever to the Lawrence City Commission after an eight-year absence Tuesday, voting for him overwhelmingly and pushing incumbent Courtney Shipley off the commission. Incumbents Brad Finkeldei and Amber Sellers were reelected.
Lawrence residents split their votes on Tuesday between school board candidates who opposed the decision to close three schools earlier this year and two incumbents who had voted for the closings.
Election guide and more
Updated guide: The majority of city commission and school board seats will be on Lawrence voters’ ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Here’s info to help you cast an informed vote in the races that are closest to our day-to-day lives.
Meet the candidates:
Meet the candidates who are running to fill three Lawrence City Commission seats that are up for election.
Five Lawrence school board seats are going to be decided on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Meet the 11 candidates who are running to serve.
More 2023 Election coverage:
Lawrence voters were heading to the polls Tuesday to determine the future members of the city commission and the Lawrence school board.
Voters on Tuesday will elect the majority of the Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board. Here’s the quick info you need to cast your ballot.
In our final questionnaire, Lawrence City Commission candidates discuss the performance of the current commission and city manager, appointments to city boards, whether they regret any votes, and more.
In our final questionnaire, Lawrence school board candidates share their views on transgender athletes in school sports, compensation for board service, the performance of the board and superintendent, and more.
Candidates for Lawrence City Commission discuss single-use plastic bans, city growth, multimodal transportation and more in these questionnaire answers from Sustainability Action Network.
Lawrence High School journalism leaders on Wednesday asked candidates running for school board about student bonds with teachers amid turnover and supporting students’ mental health needs.
Tuesday, Oct. 17 is the last day to register in order to vote in the citywide election coming up Nov. 7.
Voters will elect 3 Lawrence city commissioners and 5 Lawrence school board members.
Lawrence school board candidates during the Chamber’s forum on Wednesday gave their thoughts on past board decisions as well as their visions for public education if they’re elected.
Lawrence school board candidates on Saturday afternoon discussed issues they feel are most pressing to the school district and how they’d like to address them.
Candidates running for Lawrence City Commission on Saturday shared their views on community oversight of police, how to engage marginalized people and more during the final forum of this election cycle.
Lawrence City Commission candidates discussed neighborhood safety, code enforcement, lack of a grocery store and more during the North Lawrence Improvement Association forum Wednesday evening.
Lawrence City Commission candidates on Wednesday morning answered questions about tax systems, expanding businesses and more during a forum hosted by the Chamber of Lawrence.
A candidate for Lawrence school board has announced plans to “remove” himself from the race following his weekend arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, though his name will still be on the ballot.
Lawrence city commission candidates during a forum Monday evening spoke on renewable energy and efforts to collaborate with the Lawrence school district and Douglas County.
A man running for Lawrence school board was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday, according to jail records.
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Lawrence City Commission candidates
In order of filing, these six candidates advanced to the Nov. 7 general election:
- Amber Sellers (incumbent)
- Dustin Stumblingbear
- Mike Dever
- Brad Finkeldei (incumbent)
- Courtney Shipley (incumbent)
- Justine O. Burton
All three incumbent city commissioners whose terms will expire filed for reelection.
Lawrence school board candidates
This year, the Lawrence school board election included 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 was a primary election for the two-year term.
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:
- Ariel Miner
- Shannon Kimball (incumbent)