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Hoosiers Raise Specific Concerns In Second House Hearing On Redistricting Maps

Brandon Smith
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IPB News

Hoosiers brought Indiana lawmakers some specific concerns and recommendations about the proposed state House and Congressional redistricting maps Thursday.

Many people raised broad issues with the partisan balance of the maps.

But some raised more specific issues with specific districts. That includes Democratic Party official Destiny Scott Wells. She pointed to the new Congressional map in central Indiana. The 7th District became even more strongly Democratic, while the 5th District – currently the most competitive in the state – became more solidly Republican.

“Please do not starve the 5th [District] of its evolving and diverse voice by packing minority voices in the 7th [District] and further diluting their voice and opportunity to represent Hoosiers,” Wells said.

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Former Republican Party official Misty Hollis has a similar objection, from a very different angle. The new maps, after redrawing the 7th and 5th Districts that way, re-drew the 6th Congressional District, in eastern Indiana, to include the southern part of Indianapolis.

“I strongly believe that consolidated and concentrated power silences the voices of Hoosiers who, by voice, live in rural Indiana,” Hollis said.

Hollis also called on lawmakers to vote separately on the state House and Congressional maps, not include them both in a single bill.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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