UPDATE: Miya gets the PDF of the map posted on KTRK (h/t – Yvonne in the comments). It’s complete with the Total Pop and 18+ Pop data, also.
Topic for discussion at Harris County Commissioner’s Court, via today’s agenda:
Request for approval of an order accepting a draft plan for redistricting of the Harris County Commissioner Precincts, confirming public hearings, and other related matters.
Miya Shay has the photo. The Chronicle has a little bit more …
The largest territory swap under the proposal would happen in northeast Harris County, where Morman would pick up the Atascocita area and land around Lake Houston from Eversole.
“It’s a very disappointing situation for me, because I’ve spent 20 years and a lot of taxpayers’ money in Crosby and Huffman,” Eversole said, listing a road repair facility, athletic complex, park and two community centers he would leave behind. “But it’s not my territory – it’s the taxpayers’ territory.”
“We leave it to Commissioner Morman,” Eversole continued. “I know he’ll be quite capable to take it from where we’ve got it and continue forward.”
The move would provide Morman, a Republican, with a new bloc of reliably conservative voters. He ousted Democrat Sylvia Garcia last fall.
“We’re still a majority Hispanic precinct, just like we were in 2000, the last time the lines were redrawn,” Morman said. “No matter what, we’ll have to work hard and do a good job in order to have a chance at re-election.”
As with any redistricting map, the numbers tell the story. And I’m not seeing where Harris County is posting this information online either on the county site or the County Attorney site (the Chron sidebar references it, but there’s nothing there). I’ll wait until I see those numbers for better context. But it’ll be interesting to see what the before/after numbers are in Precinct 2 for Hispanic counts.
(UPDATE: Miya Shay to the rescue with a pic of the demographics)
On the whole, the geographic swaps don’t strike me as significant as the Chron’s story makes it out to be. I don’t doubt that it’s more significant than previous rounds of County redistricting, but that strikes me as a very low bar to clear.
In any event, the public hearings for the plan are as follows:
Monday, July 25, 6: 30 p.m. – East Harris County Activity Center (7340 Spencer Highway, Pasadena)
Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m. – Harris County Cavalcade Office (3815 Cavalcade St., Houston)
Friday July 29, 6 p.m. – Mangum-Howell Center (2500 Frick Road, Houston)
Monday, Aug. 1, 4:30 p.m. – Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center (1414 Wirt Road, Houston)
I’m likely to make it to at least a couple of them.