Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Mapping Out the County’s Future
At tonight’s public input meeting on redistricting, most people asked for more involvement in the process. Six people spoke. Many wanted a citizens advisory committee.
Some interest groups represented include:
NAACP wants a citizen advisory committee and two new districts “to better serve the massive increase in population over the past 30 years.” Worries the unequal growth in the northern part of the county is diluting minority voting power.
Committee of 500 also asked for a citizens advisory group. “C500 envisions that such a group would be composed of individuals and group representatives, appointed by the board, who represent diverse interests.” This group would draft a redistricting plan with help from county staff.
Spotsylvania Citizens Roundtable for Political Action wants a citizens advisory group and nine districts. The additional districts would help minorities attain more political influence.
At the meeting, county spokeswoman Kathy Smith said residents can submit questions and comments by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or emailing the administration at email@example.com. Details can be found by going to the county website and clicking on the link about redistricting. That site is: www.spotsylvania.va.us.