A week after the proposed Texas Senate maps were released, commissioners approved a resolution criticizing the Montgomery County’s plan for the proposal. (Ben Thompson / Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County commissioners approved a resolution against proposed Texas Senate redistribution maps, released Sept. 18, citing problems with redrawing Montgomery County’s counties.
The motion for a resolution was adopted unanimously. District 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley also expressed concern about the division of school districts in Magnolia, which would be broken into separate proposed maps.
The adopted resolution compares the “rural to urban” state of Montgomery County to the “urbanized” population.
“We never claim that our communities, neighborhoods or urban populations are divided with other counties, which undermines the current conservative portrayal that our citizens have consistently voted for over the past three decades,” the resolution said.
According to current Senate cards, Montgomery County is divided into two Senate districts, Districts 3 and 4, both of which overlap into several surrounding counties. Both districts are represented by Republicans, with Senator Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, representing District 3 and State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, representing District 4 after winning a 2014 special election.
By doing first designed card However, the Senate-approved redistribution of cards is split between District 4; District 18, which would cross the border with Counties Waller and Grimes; and District 7, which would become Harris County and include portions of Magnolia.
District Judge Mark Keough testified at the Senate’s first public hearings on September 24th. Keough called on the Senate to move on behalf of its constituents and their voting samples to realign the Montgomery district. He suggested that the county be included in a Senate district.
Creighton has tabled two amendments to the proposed maps, one of which sees all of Montgomery County falling into Senate District 4 as well as parts of Harris, Galveston, Chambers, and Jefferson counties. These amendments, along with nine others, are slated for a third public hearing on September 28th by members of the Senate Reallocation Committee.
At the Commissioners Court session, Keough emphasized the importance of the interest groups that run Loyola Law School Are defined as “a neighborhood, community or group of people who have common political concerns and would benefit from being kept in a single district”. He also stressed Montgomery County’s growth, saying that three districts would not be enough for the county in five years.
“In five years, Montgomery County would grow to the point where no more than a district or two would be the best for our population,” said Keough Community Impact Newspaper after the meeting.