The Chattanooga City Council’s legal and legislative committee took a consensus vote today to work on a new proposed redistricting map that would have three “strong” districts with a majority of black voters.
The districts would be Districts 5, 8 and 9. District 7 would have around 50 percent black voters.
Council members looked at strengthening the minority vote, mostly black, in these areas after the vice president of the local NAACP expressed concerns that they were not coming close enough to a 65 percent minority voting block within redrawn districts.
For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...