Redistricting Hearing

September 18, 1991

The County Council will resume its redistricting process tomorrow when it conducts a 7:30 p.m. public hearing.

Although the council has targeted three plans -- a map prepared by Democrats, another designed by Republicans and a third drawn by the North Laurel Civic Association -- for comment, any map may be discussed.

At least one other idea will receive comment.

Sherman Howell, spokesman for a group called Citizens for Equitable Districting, saidhis group will offer the council a map he says is intended to preserve the integrity of black and other minority populations in the 1st, 3rd and 4th districts.

Howell said his group formed and prepared amap because earlier districting discussions are "clearly not in the best interest of the county's African-American and other minority populations."

The council will continue to receive maps until its Monday work session, at which time it plans to settle on one proposal. That proposal will be presented at a public hearing Oct. 21 and voted on Nov. 4.

The council is required to redraw district lines by next March to reflect population changes recorded in the 1990 Census.

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