Leon County-based Democratic National Committee member Jon Ausman proposed a congressional map that keeps his county whole, connecting all of Tallahassee to Jacksonville in a district that he said would meet the requirements for a minority-access district drawn in the east-west configuration required by the Florida Supreme Court.
Leon County GOP Chairman Evan Power agreed with Ausman that the county should be place wholly in one district, but said he would like it to be in a western Panhandle district rather than being connected to Jacksonville.
Putting all of Leon County into a more liberal, Jacksonville-connected district would help Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D-FL 02) chances at reelection, putting her in a heavily Democratic district rather than a solidly Republican one. It would, however, probably prompt a primary battle with Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL 05). (Tallahassee Democrat)