New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district.

Ramsey noted that the new map eliminates the splitting of both Tyrone and Fayetteville that were proposed on the first map. Both municipalities will remain in the 3rd district, currently held by U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.

The changes to the map will move about 21,000 people back into the 3rd district, Ramsey said. Currently Fayette County is completely in Westmoreland's 13th district.

Scott’s district currently has no part of Fayette County, though it previously had one small area in northeast Fayette in its previous incarnation.

Ramsey said both he and Sen. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, had been working on getting the maps amended to keep as much of Fayette County in Westmoreland’s 3rd district as possible. They are hoping to further reduce the 13th’s footprint in Fayette as well, Ramsey said.

The first version of the maps, which had 35 percent of Fayette County moving from the 3rd district to Scott’s 13th district, had both Ramsey and Chance “very concerned,” Ramsey said.

Woody
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Put ALL of Fayette in Westmoreland's District

I used to be in David Scott's district, and I will be again unless they put ALL of Fayette into Westmoreland's district. David Scott doesn't represent people like me - you know, melanin challenged people with jobs who don't mooch off of taxpayers. I saw David Scott at the post office on an April 15th and asked him if he was there to thank the taxpayers. He wasn't. What's the problem, can't the legislative committee find enough David Scott supporters in Fulton and Dekalb counties or are they just trying to upset me?

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Woody

Perhaps, someone will run against Congressman Scott. But I do wonder if we where sold-out by those carving the state up.

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