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