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Proposed redistricting to shake up Crossroads?

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
April 19, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.


The Republican House redistricting proposal would considerably shake up boundary lines in the Crossroads.

The proposal would, perhaps most notably, shift House District 30, the district that includes Victoria County, to the south and west.

Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, presides over District 30. As of Tuesday, she had not viewed the proposed changes because she was busy on the floor, Justin Unruh, her spokesman, said.

"I can say we had concerns with the initial proposal. The initial map took our district away from the coast," Unruh said.

Tuesday's proposal, however, moves two coastal counties into her district.

District 30 currently includes Victoria, DeWitt, Lavaca, Jackson and Refugio counties.

District 30, under the Republican redistricting proposal, would still include Victoria and Refugio counties. But the proposal would move DeWitt, Lavaca and Jackson counties elsewhere and replace them with Aransas, Calhoun, Goliad and Karnes counties.

A breakdown of the proposed effects on the Crossroads:

District 30

Currently: Victoria, DeWitt, Lavaca, Jackson and Refugio counties.

Proposed: Aransas, Calhoun, Goliad, Karnes, Refugio and Victoria counties.

The proposal would also move:

Jackson County from District 30 to District 85, an open district;

DeWitt County from District 30 to District 17, led by state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington;

Goliad County from District 35 to District 30, led by Morrison;

Aransas and Calhoun counties from District 32 to District 30, led by Morrison.

Lavaca County from District 30 to District 13, led by state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst.

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