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Commissioners Court approves its redistricting plan, DOJ approves city’s plan

Greg and Stace attended today’s Commissioners Court meeting, where to nobody’s surprise the slightly-less-but-still-retrogressive new redistricting plan was unanimously approved. And why shouldn’t it be? It took care of the main, if not the sole, purpose of the task, which was to protect the incumbents from the voters. Stace captured the following exchange, which says it all:

After East End neighborhood activist Elisa Gonzalez made the case for the alternative map (known as Guerra/Jara), Commissioner Jerry Eversole made Gonzalez point out where the four precincts were located because he “couldn’t see” the map.

Where was he going with this? Well, it turned out to be self-serving as he was making the point that he had been drawn out of Precinct 4 and placed in Precinct 2 (the Commissioner has chosen to reside far from his suburban constituents). So, he questioned Gonzalez about it being okay for him to be drawn out, to which Gonzalez stated that “whatever it takes” should be done to ensure representation. So, Eversole being Eversole asked:

“So I’m to give up my job to give you fair representation?”

Yes, it’s all about you, Jerry. Always has been, always will be. Now we get to see what the Justice Department thinks of this. Speaking of which, they formally approved the city’s plan, also to no one’s surprise. The city did pretty much everything right; the fact that no one has filed a suit speaks quite loudly about its success in this process. Nonetheless, DOJ preclearance was a necessary step, and now that it’s been done the election can go on without further complication.

UPDATE: Here’s the Chron story about county redistricting, in which Jack Morman does some whining and we learn that federal judge Vanessa Gilmore has scheduled a pretrial conference for Dec. 2 for the lawsuit that was filed last week.

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4 Comments

  1. Ross says:

    Actually Jerry, you should give up your job because you are a corrupt loser with no business on Commissioners Court. The map is another discussion altogether.

  2. joshua bullard says:

    not so fast,commisioner eversole has been around along time,maybe even tooo long?maybe,people must take into account the voters that have clearly voted him back in office time and time again,we must always rememeber that the peoples vote must count for something.let me remind you,this guy was tossed to the wolves over twenty times by channel 13 news and wayne dolcifino,the federal goverment arrested him and tried to get him over twenty years in federal prison,the “elected” official has been called a has been forever.take a long look-he still standing-against all odds,he still holds public office,like it or not,this commands respect,its not up to personal descretion,its the way it is.joshua ben bullard

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