On Nov. 3 Lawrence mayoral candidate Steve Collier (R) was elected as the new Mayor of Lawrence. Collier defeated Lawrence incumbent mayor Dean Jessup (D) with a majority vote of 55 percent.
“I really think that we are certainly on a path to the kind of Lawrence that I want to live in and hopefully that kind of Lawrence that all of us want to live in in the future,” Collier said. “I look forward to the opportunity to start the job. I am genuinely excited to be able to begin work to make our city better and to move it forward; to make it what it ought to be. We are going to start on Jan. 1. We are not going to wait till my third year before we get things done. Thank you all so much. The job starts now.”