Dallas redistricting lines leave some city leaders concerned

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by SHON GABLES

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WFAA

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 22 at 7:13 PM

DALLAS -- An influential group of black politicians met at Dallas City Hall Thursday morning concerned they will get lost in the shuffle as the city redraws its district lines.

The worry is centered around one city map, how it is divided and who will get to keep a city council seat come October 15. That is the date set for redistricting. It is a process that must be done in the city of Dallas.

Every ten years Dallas has to redraw its line to reflect changing demographics.

Right now the map allows for four city council members in the southern part of the city. The proposed realignment would reduce it to three representatives.  

The changes would mean Dwaine Caraway, Tennell Atkins, Carolyn Davis or Vonciel Hill may lose their seat.

"We do not find ourselves fighting the growth of the Hispanic, more or less maintaining the representation of four African American seats," said Dwaine Caraway.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is asking the community to come out and give opinions about the possible changes.

The meeting will be held at City Hall in council chambers.

E-mail sgables@wfaa.com

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