Commission Passes Resolution Opposing Redistricting of Covington House Seat
Commissioner Steve Frank read an email that he composed and sent to Stumbo's office:
Our opposition is not based on partisan politics nor is it based on the personalities involved in the potential redistricting. As things are presently constituted, we are already split between two House Districts, Arnold Simpson in HD 65 and Tom Kerr in HD 64. If we are divided into thirds, by placing the historic part of Covington into HD 67; Covington would become the largest urban core city in the Commonwealth that has become so divided that we would no longer have a distinct voice in Frankfort. Covington is a Second Class city with a population of over 40,000 people. That is enough that we would be more than one entire State Representative District. Frankly if we are divided into thirds, effectively our voice would become controlled by our suburban neighbors who often do not share our perspectives on issues that we feel are vitally important to the Commonwealth.
Eastside neighborhood leader and activist Bennie Doggett shared concerns from her part of Covington. "I just feel that our neighborhood association would be disenfranchised and our community is totally opposed to this House Bill," Doggett said.
Sister Dorothy Schuette who works at Mother of God Catholic Church in Mutter Gottes and also at Catholic Charities in Latonia also spoke against redistricting. "We have particular social issues and social services and we would not want that diminished by having (representation) pulled away from the Downtown area," Schuette said.