Redistricting Legislation in West Virginia

By: Brittany Sweeney
By: Brittany Sweeney

In the next few weeks the public will be able to tell legislators how it feels about West Virginia's legislative and congressional districts for the next ten years.

Members of the area's legislative delegation discussed the redistricting process this morning with the Wood County Commission. There has been discussion at the state level about establishing "single-delegate" districts, but one legislator did not believe there is a lot of interest in that sort of change in Wood County.

Delegate John Ellem said, "In principle, it sound good, but when it's time to determine who gets chopped up, is it Parkersburg? Is it Vienna? What do you do with North Hills? Do you put it part of Vienna? What do you do with the Lubek and Washington bottom areas? Put it in with the neighborhood of Parkersburg?"

A public meeting is scheduled for June 15th at the Parkerburg City Building for the public to present ideas on area redistricting. Local legislators say they support leaving districts for Wood County and the surrounding counties as they are.

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