Councilwoman Deborah Delgado accused president Andrea Saffle and the neighborhood association she lives in of being, “exclusionary to me” and, “I was specifically excluded” she said. She wanted the record to reflect this. Ms. Delgado said she had received a mailer about the meeting, and commented that she has very rarely been able to attend […]
Redistricting public hearing on redistricting Thursday, June 28, 2012, at C.E. Roy Community Center, 300 East 5th Street. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a period for public comment
These videos are HD and require a broadband internet connection. Part 1 This video includes Chris Watkins giving an overview of the redistricting process. [FMP width=”450″ height=”253″]http://www.hattiesburgpatriot.com/wp-content/Video/Public-Hearings/6.12.2012/6.12.2112_Redistricting78.flv[/FMP] Part 2 This video includes Chris Watkins presenting the original plan and two new, additional plans. [FMP width=”450″ height=”253″]http://www.hattiesburgpatriot.com/wp-content/Video/Public-Hearings/6.12.2012/6.12.2112_Redistricting79.flv[/FMP] Part 3 [FMP width=”450″ height=”253″]http://www.hattiesburgpatriot.com/wp-content/Video/Public-Hearings/6.12.2012/6.12.2112_Redistricting80.flv[/FMP] Part 4 [FMP width=”450″ […]
Reverend Ken Fairley stood before a mostly white audience and gave a heartfelt presentation about the fairness of three minority-majority wards. His plan would redraw ward 4 as a “swing ward”, bringing total black population from just at 35% to just over 60%. Several audience members expressed disapproval of his plan’s fracturing of the Oaks […]
Held at University Baptist Church at 3200 Arlington Loop, this Hattiesburg City Council Public Hearing drew a couple hundred citizens who took in the redistricting presentations of Chris Watkins and Reverend Ken Fairley. Mr. Watkins was hired by the city to propose a redistricting plan; much to the ire of Deborah Delgado and other African-American […]
This part two begins in the middle of Reverend Ken Fairley’s presentation to the council. His plan creates a 3rd majority-minority district. Hattiesburg is 53% African-American and Fairley believes that requires three African-American representatives.
It has been recently discovered from the latest 2010 Census that our legislative districts are out of balance. When the state, a political subdivision, or municipal corporation is found to be out of balance, redistricting must occur in the second year following the latest census. In order for legislative representation to be equitable, it is […]