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Redistricting lines drawn



Maps for six City Council districts unveiled Monday set up a potential battle between two sitting Councilors if they both choose to run again. That's because both District 4 Councilor Bernie Herpin and at-large Councilor Brandy Williams live in newly drawn District 5, which covers much of the city's central core.

Herpin says he's considering another term: "I love what I'm doing," he says.

Asked by e-mail whether she will run, Williams answers simply, "Yes." It's possible that either she or Herpin could move into a different district.

Williams and Tim Leigh ran for at-large seats in 2011, meaning they were elected by voters across the city. Since they got the fewest number of votes among at-large winners, they won two-year terms rather than four-year terms. Both must run as district councilors in the next election if they want to remain on Council.

Leigh lives in District 1, now occupied by President Scott Hente, who will leave office next year due to term limits. But Leigh says his plans are uncertain. "I'm very controversial — I don't know if you noticed that," he says. "I'll either be acclaimed as a hero or run out of town as a black sheep."

Lisa Czelatdko, who lives near the city's southwestern border, remains in District 3, while Angela Dougan, who lives in the northernmost reach of the city, remains in District 2. Both will have to run for re-election in April 2013.

Terms will expire in 2015 for the other three at-large reps: Val Snider, Merv Bennett and Jan Martin.

The maps were drawn by City Clerk Sarah Johnson in compliance with a ballot issue approved in 2010. City code requires that each district contain roughly the same population, with no consideration given to the number of registered voters or minority composition. Population of the newly drawn districts varies from 69,197 in the southeast District 4 to 71,032 in District 5.

The only public hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. The finalized map will be presented in mid-November. Go here to view the maps.

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