FLORIDA

DNC Member Proposes Graham-Friendly Map

Leon County’s Republican Party chairman agrees that the county shouldn’t be split, but wants it in a conservative district.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 30, 2015, 6:01 a.m.

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)

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