By Chad Lawhorn
Feb 26, 2013
The old hand of the Lawrence City Commission finished Tuesday’s primary election with the upper hand.
Longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx — who is seeking his fifth term on the commission — took the top spot in Tuesday’s primary for the City Commission, besting the field by more than 500 votes.
Political newcomers Jeremy Farmer — the CEO of Lawrence food bank Just Food — and Lawrence physician Terry Riordan took the second and third spots, respectively.
Rob Chestnut — a former commissioner — Scott Criqui and Leslie Soden also finished in the top six vote-getters to qualify for the April 2 General Election, when three commissioners will be elected.
Voter turnout was heavily impacted by the winter weather. Turnout checked in at 8.6 percent.
Here’s a look at the unofficial results:
• Mike Amyx: 2,989
• Jeremy Farmer: 2,464
• Terry Riordan: 2,067
• Rob Chestnut: 1,769
• Scott Criqui: 1,677
• Leslie Soden: 1,532
• Judy Bellome: 1,296
• Michael Rost: 351
• Reese Hays: 308
• Will Olson: 100
• Nicholas Marlo: 39
The results become official on Monday, after county election officials canvass — or make a final review — of the ballots.