Morrison, Hunter still wondering where redistricting lines are
By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Feb. 6, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2012 at 8:06 p.m.
As the deadline came and went for redistricting Monday, one of the proposed redistricting maps for the House of Representatives pits state Rep. Geanie Morrison against Rep. Todd Hunter in the race for re-election.
A compromise was thought to have occurred Monday morning, but a federal judge Monday afternoon squashed that notion by ordering all involved to continue talking.
Morrison had announced she would not seek re-election when a redistricting map that was in play in early December put Victoria in District 32 instead of District 30. Morrison, the incumbent Republican, cited a family illness and concern that campaigning would take her too far from home as her reason for not running.
Hunter, the incumbent Republican in District 32, filed for re-election in that district.
When it seemed District 30 would not be changed, Morrison changed her stance and filed for re-election. But redistricting is still up in the air, as is the April 3 primary election date.
The current map covers Victoria, Calhoun, Aransas and Nueces counties. Morrison will be running against Hunter for the seat if the map is approved.
Hunter said his main concern was getting the districts finalized for the voting public.
"Time is of the essence. The agreed map from today is a very good district, a conservative district ... It will be a very strong coastal district. This is the district I have filed in, and I intend to continue running hard," Hunter said.
As of deadline, Morrison could not be reached for comment.