No one in city leadership, which is currently comprised of a mayor, three district councilmembers and two at-large councilmembers, lives in the recently annexed areas, which Mock said deserves its own local representation.
“At the end of the day, we don’t go home over there,” his post said. “And folks deserve to have representation from their own neighborhood.”
The city added 12,000 new residents through a 2014 annexation. The city is roughly 34% white, 16% Black and 8% Asian, while more than 38% of residents have Hispanic ethnicity, according to the latest Census data.
He said that the annexed areas have lacked local representation because they’ve been absorbed into existing districts and sitting councilmembers can’t be redrawn out of their seats. Mock added that, “Folks on the east side were not inclined to run as the main voting block resides on the west side, making them feel as if (winning a council seat) would be unattainable.”
Chamblee worked with State Sen. Sally Harrell and the State Reappointment Office to create the new redistricted map. A news release by the city said the new district boundaries were created after reviewing census blocks, population centers and neighborhood communities of interest. City leaders also took natural boundaries, such as streams and large roads, into account.
The new district would be primarily carved out of the southern portion of the city’s existing third district. The southern portion of District 1 would be absorbed by District 3, and a few land swaps would take place between District 1 and 2, primarily the section south of Peachtree Road.
Demographic information for the proposed district was not provided.
The map will need to pass both houses of the Georgia legislature before being signed by the governor. If signed, an election will be held to fill the new council seat. City leaders said they hope the new map will be approved ahead of November, so the new district can hold its election alongside races for the mayor’s seat, the at-large seat and the District 1 seat.
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