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Redistricting proposal goes before Hillsborough County Commission



Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller's proposal to change the makeup of that board and redraw political boundaries goes before his colleagues Wednesday.

There are currently seven commissioners, three elected in county-wide races, the other four representing defined areas of the county. Miller is proposing to have two at-large commissioners and five district commissioners. His proposal would shrink the number of people respresented by each district commissioner and also give the board an opportunity to carve out a district with heavy concentrations of Hispanic residents. While Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of Hillsborough County's population, few have served on the commission.

Commissioners can vote to take the issue to workshop or schedule public hearings for a possible public vote on the proposal. Miller said he's hopeful his plan will move forward, though mindful that it may meet opposition.

"Whether it happens, I don’t know," Miller said. "I think it’s the best move for Hillsborough County."

Commissioners just finished their redistricting process, with the U.S. Justice Department signing off on the new political boundaries. Miller, a Democrat who is black, voted with the Republican majority in approving the new boundaries, which preserved concentrations of African-American residents in his district. 


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:58pm]


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