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Hinds County Redistricting Plan

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a new redistricting plan that many people are unhappy about, while others are outright angry.

The Hinds County board room was packed again Monday night with voters asking supervisors to take more time to review four proposals and to give them time as well.

In the end supervisors voted and many are now saying the new plan will probably end up in court.

The meeting began with voters once again voicing their concern about how the redistricting process has been handled by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

"A candidate from my party would have zero chance of beating you in November. Do you agree?" asked Roger Davis a Hinds County resident.

"Well I'm not running to lose", said District 1 Supervisor, Robert Graham.

"Clinton in Proposal 1 and 2 is split in half basically", Clinton resident Scott Hodges said.

Many complained that the four proposals were only made available Monday afternoon and one was not seen by most people until this meeting.

"We came tonight, we did find 2, 3 and 4 on the website today, but we come tonight and yet there's another map", said Rosemary Aultman, Mayor of Clinton.

Phil Fisher, Supervisor for District 4 participated in the meeting by phone from Afghanistan.

Fisher asked supervisors to consider a fifth plan presented by Pete Perry who is the Chair of the Republican Party for Hinds County. 

Perry says his interest in redistricting is as a citizen.

"In one of the plans it takes the people in Eastover and moves them and ties them in with people in Utica. Nothing wrong with either set of people, but the people in Utica and the people in Pocahontas and the people in Eastover, you got three different corners of the county tied together right there", said Perry.

After a 15 minute recess board members came back to take a vote saying they had to beat Tuesday's March 1st deadline for candidates to qualify. In a four to one vote , with Supervisor Fisher voting no, proposal one was selected.

"I hate to see communities split, but I'm not particularly happy with it", said Hinds County Election Commissioner, Connie Cochran.

"It's the best as far as a compromise is concerned I think", Supervisor for District 3, Peggy Hobson Calhoun said.

"We tried not to anyway, to disrupt neighborhoods to the best that we could", said Board President, George Smith.

"I didn't vote based upon race or anything else, I voted directly upon what I thought was right", Supervisor for District 1, Robert Graham said.

Many in the audience say they feel railroaded and believe the Hinds County Board of Supervisors stacked the deck to make sure they would be reelected.

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