Gwinnett To Be Split Among Three Congressional Districts

Gwinnett could be split among three districts

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett could soon have three congressmen, according to maps released Monday.

A proposed map to be debated at the General Assembly divides Georgia's second-most populous county.

The proposal divvies southern Gwinnett into the DeKalb-based Fourth District, represented by Hank Johnson, with much of the county remaining in the 7th District, currently held by Rob Woodall. Those two, who currently represent Gwinnett, would be joined by Athen's Paul Broun, whose 10th District would be extended into Gwinnett's eastern boundaries.


Proposed Congressional Districts


Proposed Commission Districts


Proposed Board of Education Districts

During a special session under way, legislators are drawing new boundary lines based on the 2010 Census. Georgia gains a 14th representative based on the Census.

Also Monday, members of Gwinnett's legislative delegation reviewed proposed maps for the county commission and school board seats.

"We kept the communities of interest together," Rep. Tom Rice said of the four-district commission map, where the only city that is split is Duluth.

Despite the urging of a special grand jury last year, the proposals do not increase the number of districts for either governing body.

They also do not address calls for districts where minorities could elect representation.

In fact, Sen. Curt Thompson, a Democrat from Tucker who has expertise on the Voting Rights Act as an attorney, said the Republican-drawn county commission map likely violates the act.

While Sen. Don Balfour said he tried to draw a minority-majority district and was unsuccessful, Thompson said a southern Gwinnett district could be drawn with a majorty of blacks.

According to statistics, the proposed commission districts vary from just over 19 percent black in District 2 to nearly 35 percent black in District 3. The Hispanic population varies from 9 percent in District 3 to nearly 30 percent in District 2. The school board districts range from more than 15 percent black in District 3 to more than 31 percent in District 1 and from just over 12 percent Hispanic in Districts 1 and 4 to more than 45 percent in District 5.

Mike Berlon, a local lawyer who chairs the Georgia Democratic Party, said he was disappointed in the drafts.

"It makes it pretty clear to me there is almost no chance for a Democrat to win a seat any time soon," Berlon said, adding that since Democrats get about 45 percent of the vote in a county-wide election, there should be at least one on the commission or school board. "It's just not representative of the county."

Rice and Balfour said the maps were not likely to change while going through the process at the General Assembly. Rice said the Democrats had a chance to be involved in the process earlier and did not, but they are welcome to submit their own plans.

If the versions are approved by both Chambers and signed by the governor, they will then go before the Justice Department or a panel of federal judges.


dav 4 years ago

hehe @ hank johnsons district dont tip the county over


BufordGuy 4 years ago

What an idiot that Berlon dude is. Yeah, they might get 45% county wide, but not in any district. I got an idea, load all 45% up and move them to one little spot then they can have a district. You just don't get the meaning of "republic" do you?


jenfalk50 4 years ago

I am interested on how the school districts changed from their previous maps and what the difference is in racial breakout for the before and actual picture. Will you be doing a more in depth analysis on the school board maps ?


Lena 4 years ago

Gwinnett was long loyal to the GOP and this is the thanks we get after all these years? We cannot even get put into a single congressional district? South Gwinnett will have no representation as that will be a DeKalb district and that is what you get for loyalty I guess.


Oliver 4 years ago

I'm anxiously awaiting the Republicans to ask me for money and support. As a long time Republican supporter whose loyalty is being repaid by getting redistricted into Hank "Guam is going to tip over and capsize" Johnson's district, I think my response will be predictable.


Dacula 4 years ago

Gwinnett is too big for one district. Not sure why the Dacula area needed to move to the 10th but I'm OK with it. But if they did try to create an all Gwinnett district, it wouldn't be solidly Republican. Rather, the blacks and other minorities who now easily make up a majority in southern Gwinnett are sent to a majority-minority district. That fact that Johnson is a fool says more about the voters who elect him than the maps. I would have preferred to see more of southern Gwinnett sent to the 4th.


Oliver 4 years ago

Really, If this is what you really believe to be true, I would like to invite you to come visit my neighborhood and precinct. While true for some areas, you will find that your statement of "blacks and other minorities who now easily make up a majority" is very wrong. Not all areas being redistricted into Johnson's District are majority-minority. Your conclusions and statements are not based on facts but instead on incorrect generalities. There are areas of Lawrenceville with far more minorities, perhaps they want Johnson to represent them. I would have preferred that the large chuck of Forsyth County be put into another district so that the boundaries of Gwinnett County can be respected and kept as one district.


mary 4 years ago

Hank is a puppet of the Obama administration and is a member of the 70 member American Socialist Party in D. C. Dekalb county deserves him as he is a perfect reflection of the voters who keep putting him in office. There are those of us in Gwinnett who are not of the moocher class and the Republicans who are responsible for this just stuck a knife in our backs.


dentaldawg83 4 years ago

and the destruction of a county that once was the best place to live in Georgia continues..


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