Lexington Council Ponders Legal Action over Redistricting

Jan 25, 2012

The Kentucky senate’s new legislative boundaries have some Lexington-Fayette Urban Council members talking about a lawsuit.  The recent action moved veteran Lexington Senator Kathy Stein out of the bluegrass and into a district in northern Kentucky.  Western Kentucky lawmaker Dorsey Ridley now represents Stein’s old district.  Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton voiced her opposition Tuesday at city hall.  “I think it’s fairly dis-respectful…to Fayette countians,” said Gorton.

Urban County Council member Doug Martin believes legal action should be considered.

“I just think that we should not go quietly into the night…that what ever legal resources we have…that we should bring to bear…until a judge tells us..no you have to go home,” said Martin.

The council adopted new boundaries for its members a few months ago.  Council member Tom Blues says that exercise locally proved it can be done without political strife.

“What we have here is an example of how government can work..that democracies can function,” added Blues.

Law commissioner, Janet Graham was asked to investigate what legal steps are available to the city.  Council member Steve Kay is considering bringing a resolution Thursday night expressing disappointment about the redistricting.