Lexington Considers Redistricting Strategy

Jul 21, 2011

A group of 15 citizens in Lexington is moving ahead with a reworking of the cities’ council districts.  The panel has split into three groups. Committee members crowded around computer screens… reviewing numbers.  They’re drawing new district boundaries so they better represent population shifts within Fayette County.

  The aim is to see about 24 thousand 500 people in each of Lexington’s dozen districts.  Former council member Don Todd says over ten percent of Lexington residents could find themselves in another district.

“It looks as if the entire city is sliding to the east.  That’s probably the best way to describe it, south and to the east,” said Todd.

Re-districting committee chairwoman Emma Tibbs says the panel’s three groups will each compose a scenario.  She says a plan will hopefully be drawn up by the end of September.

“We cannot leap frog districts, precinct.  And we cannot split precincts.  So, in other words, we are going to be moving people, let’s say, from the second district into districts that are contiguous,” said Tibbs.

Tibbs says the 12th district also has experienced a lot of growth and should be shaved down.   A report should be in the hands of council members this fall.  Tibbs says the council can accept the plan, tweak it, or scrap it and start again.