New map of Kansas House Districts
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A large fight has been ongoing in the Kansas House and Senate about the redrawing of State Senate and House District maps. Every 10 years, following a census, states redraw district lines to balance out population changes from the previous decade.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been arguing the issue back and forth in Topeka for months. Finally, with both sides at an impasse, the task of drawing the maps was left up to three federal judges. Late Thursday, the three judge panel unveiled their maps for the entire state.
While the State Senate remapping does not affect the City of Eudora or the nearby surrounding area, the House map brings a variety of changes.
Eudora will move from the 38th District to the 42nd District. Currently, the 38th District is represented by Anthony Brown, a Republican who resides just south of Eudora. The 42nd District is currently represented by Connie O’Brien who is a lives just north of Tonganoxie.
To confuse matters even more, Brown lives in what will now become part of the 10th District. The 10th District will include a large portion of Douglas County south of Eudora and stretch to encompass a portion of Southeast Lawrence over to Iowa Street.
Confused yet? So are many currently sitting House members. The 10th District is currently served by first term Representative TerriLois Gregory. With Brown and Gregory both in the same District, either they will need to face each other in the primary or one of them makes the decision not to run. The 42nd District is now home to O’Brien (R) and Representative Melanie Meier (D) from Leavenworth.
Of the 125 members of the State House of Representatives, 23 districts now have two currently sitting members residing in a District and 25 districts will have no currently sitting member.
The icing on the cake is that the filing deadline for House and Senate candidates is noon Monday. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the official in charge of elections, has stated that the deadline will not be moved. This means that the incumbents suddenly have 72 hours to make the decision to run or not run. Also, the 25 districts which have no incumbent living in it’s borders will have the same amount of time to have someone step up to the plate and run for election.
Eudorareporter.com was able to reach Brown early Friday afternoon and asked him what his plans might be about running for reelection in the newly formed 10th District.
“No decision has been made yet,” Brown said.
Obviously, with the new maps, the State House elections will be very interesting to watch. The primary election will be held on Aug. 7.