Morrison files for re-election in District 30

Sonny Long

Dec. 19, 2011 at 6:19 a.m.

With the possibility that her District 30 might escape unscathed during the legal wrangling over redistricting, incumbent state Rep. Geanie Morrison filed for re-election Monday.

Morrison, a Victorian, had earlier announced she did not plan to seek re-election when the redistricting map approved by a three-judge federal panel was in play and Victoria was placed in District 32 instead of District 30.

District 32 incumbent and fellow Republican Todd Hunter filed for re-election in that district.

Morrison said, in part, that the redrawn district would have required too much travel time away from an ill family member.

But the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to stop use of that map. It is now not known which map will be used for the 2012 election. The Supreme Court has set a Jan. 9 hearing to continue discussing the issue.

If the map drawn by the Texas Legislature is used, Morrison's District 30 would remain intact and similar in makeup to past years, with a few changes.

"This is the District 30 I am used to representing," Morrison said. "It's Victoria and the surrounding counties, and although it would be changed somewhat, the district would still be basically the same as it is now."

Morrison, a six-term legislator, said her main concern is making sure rural Texas has a voice in the Legislature.

"We don't know what the final map is going to be, and the parties asked everyone to file for the district they want to represent. I want to represent District 30," Morrison said. "We will have to watch and see what happens as things unfold."

Although Monday was the deadline to file for a place on the ballot - it has been moved twice - a federal court has ordered a second filing period ending Feb. 1. The beginning of that filing period has not been determined.

The primary elections are now scheduled for April 3 after the court approved an agreement suggested by both the Texas Democratic and Republican parties.



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