HCISD starts election redistricting process

By Megan Wehring

HAYS CISD — Hays CISD named the committee responsible for redistricting the single-member election map.

The district is required redistrict the boundaries of its single-member trustee election districts based on the 2020 Census data. The HCISD Board of Trustees has named a Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC) consisting of seven members: Jeff Barton, Celeste Castro, Sylvia Cruz, Jamie Fulenwider, Jackie Hooks and Jazz Loug.

A webpage was also created to include the information about the redistricting process and allow individuals to submit comments.

The committee will work with a demographer and an attorney during the process. Guidelines for redistricting single-member districts are listed below.

  • Drawing districts to contain similar total voting age population size
  • Drawing districts that contain contiguous and compact geographic areas
  • Using easily identifiable geographic features as boundaries
  • Maintaining communities of interest and minimizing dividing neighborhoods
  • Considering the residential locations of current school board members in their separate districts
  • Evaluating minority voting strength in terms of voting age population
  • Avoiding retrogression of racial and language minorities as defined in the Voting Rights Act

This committee will consider redistricting options during the fall semester and a decision by the Board is expected to be made in December.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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