Area Republicans Call Latest Redistricting Map Fairest Yet

By Michael Gossum | 

Lawmakers gathered in Frankfort today for the start of a special session.

This week, it's going to be all about reaching a solution on redistricting.

It's an issue that hit parts of our area hard, putting incumbent republican representatives against each other, but they say this is the fairest map yet.

"It still puts us in an awkward position. You have two incumbents of the same party who are friends. Basically, you're saying you two have to figure out which one of you is going to go after the seat or if you're both going to go after it," said Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield.

"It's the most fair they've presented. Do I like it? No and are there problems with it? There are some," said Rep. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown.

Rep. DeCesare and Rep. C.B. Embry would run against each other in a new district.

Originally, when maps were first drawn both of them were in a district with Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville.

"We have come along way since the initial map a year and a half ago that had 13 incumbents going against each other, then 11, now we're down to eight and four of those are from each side," said DeCesare.

Meredith will now be in a district that includes Edmonson County and part of Warren County

He said he will be sad to lose Hart and Larue, but is excited about the new district.

Now, Embry and DeCesare might have to run against each other or because of a new map in the senate, Embry has the opportunity to run for a senate seat.

Embry would not be running against incumbent republican Senator Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green because due to population changes he's losing butler county and will only have Warren County in his district.

The house and senate maps will be discussed and voted on later this week.

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