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President King announces new Ad Hoc Committee to review redistricting for Louisville Metro Council

Tuesday May 10, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the creation of a new Ad Hoc Committee that will focus attention on redistricting Metro Louisville’s 26 Council districts in accordance with Kentucky state law and the 2010 US Census.

“I am confident this committee will approach the task of redistricting with the best interest of citizen representation and will dedicate themselves to making sure all the council districts are redrawn fairly,” said King. “This is an important job and I know this committee will work hard.”

The President has named Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) to chair the Ad Hoc on Redistricting. He has named Councilman Ken Fleming (R-7) as Vice Chair. Members who will serve on the Ad Hoc Committee include Council members Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Kelly Downard (R-16), Robin Engel (R-22), Madonna Flood (D-24) and Brent T. Ackerson (D-26).

Blackwell chaired a work group created by the President earlier this year which focused on the preliminary work needed for redistricting.

“We have done a great deal of review work on what is involved in laying out the council districts,” said Blackwell. “Now we need to move forward with the actual census numbers and make sure we have a balance of representation according to state law.”

The Ad Hoc Committee on redistricting will hold its first meeting on Monday, May 16th at 4:00pm in Council Chambers. All meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee will be open to the public and will broadcast on Metro TV and streamed live on www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil.

“It is my hope that the Ad Hoc Committee will move forward and have something to present to the Metro Council by early fall,” said King.

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Jim King (D) 10