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Redistricting plan could split DeKalb
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The southern portion of DeKalb County could get a new representative under the states proposed redistricting plan.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey announced the release of the Senate’s first-ever Republican-drawn redistricting map last week.DeKalb County will have two state representatives under the new plan, if it is adopted.The plan was put together by the Senate’s Working Group on Redistricting with the assistance of the Office of Legal Services and is now available at the General Assembly’s website.State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver will continue to represent Smith County and most of DeKalb County if the proposed plan is adopted, but the southern portion of DeKalb County will no longer be part of the 40th District, and will become part of a district represented by Republican Mark Pody of Wilson County, along with Cannon and part of Wilson County. The plan dictates that Weaver will no longer represent Macon County but would gain Trousdale and part of Sumner County as constituents.Senator Mae Beavers would continue to represent DeKalb County as part of the 17th District if the plan is approved.The 17th District would still be made up of Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson counties.Beavers would lose Trousdale County and the one precinct she represents in Sumner County to the 18th District.The plan is not yet set in stone, and must still be approved by the state legislature.“We were committed to drawing a fair and legal state senate map and that is exactly what we have done.” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “The map emphasizes regional integrity and adheres to state and federal laws as well as court precedent.