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Following last year’s redistricting debacle at the state level, the Spencer County Fiscal Court passed a resolution Monday morning urging its elected representatives and senators to take care of any redistricting measures during this year’s short session.
No effected offices are on the ballot for 2013 and many believe it’s the perfect time to finalize redistricting, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said during Monday’s meeting.
County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock said she believes any redistricting measures need to be completed this year because candidates begin filing for 2014 offices in November 2013. If the districts aren’t settled by that point, candidates won’t have any idea where to file or could be forced to file again if the districts were to change in the 2014 session.
Redistricting is necessary because of the population changes noted by the 2010 census.
Last year’s redistricting plan, which was passed and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear, was ultimately declared unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Since 2002, Spencer County has been split three ways, to be included in parts of the 50th, 55th and 58th districts.
Prior to last November, those seats were filled by David Floyd, Kim King and Brad Montell, respectively. (Floyd, King and Montell each won their races in 2012, as well.)
Under last year’s plan, HB1, Spencer as a whole was grouped into the 55th district with all of Anderson County and part of Mercer.
But, King, who is the representative for the 55th district, lives in the part of Mercer County that had been reassigned to the 54th district.
However, a suit was filed claiming that HB1 was unconstitutional, and a Franklin Circuit Court judge and eventually the Kentucky Supreme Court agreed.
So, Spencer went from having three representatives, to virtually none (until someone in the district could be elected), and then back to having three again.
Rep. Floyd filed to seek reelection, then decided to run for a Senate seat created under HB1, then had to file for reelection as state representative again.
If the general assembly straightens out the redistricting issue in the 2013 session, those types of problems from 2012 can be avoided in 2014.
Magistrate Woodie Cheek made a motion to approve the resolution, and it was seconded by Hobert Judd. The resolution passed unanimously.