Redistricting brings changes for local representation

By | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With state and county elections fast approaching, the subject of new redistricting has been a hot topic of discussion for Democrats and Republicans.
White County residents have been in a quandary as to who their new state senator would be when the final plans were set. Would Senator Gene Elsea still remain the
representative in the state house, or would the district revert to Senator Charlotte Burks? According to new redistricting maps, Burks will take White County, which was at one time part of her late husband’s district.
The late Senator Tommy Burks had represented White County during various periods of his political career, and with his murder in October 1998, his wife stepped into the political arena.
Sen. Charlotte Burks’ current representation includes Macon, Clay, Pickett, Jackson, Putnam, DeKalb, Cannon and Coffee Counties. With the recently passed changes, her counties are now comprised of Pickett, Jackson, Overton, Putnam, White and Cumberland.
The revisions for state senate were not the only items that garnered heated debate in the state legislature these past few weeks. Although the positions of state representatives were not as controversial, some definite modifications of representative boundaries were made. State Representative Charles Curtiss, a White County resident, has been serving the people of the 43rd District which included White County and parts of Cumberland County and Warren County. With the new sectioning of districts, Curtiss will lose Cumberland County and gain part of Putnam County.
The congressional redistricting saw some altered lines, but U.S. Congressman Van Hilleary remains the political representative for White County.

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