City Commission primary: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Chestnut, Criqui, Soden qualify for April election

Republished from www2.ljworld.com
By Chad Lawhorn

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.

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