Richland County seeks feedback on new district maps

Richland County

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While the redistricting proposed by the South Carolina Congress has attracted attention, the local government is also developing new maps.

Richland County is asking voters for feedback on its proposed new council district map. The proposed map can be viewed in the council district section of richlandcountysc.gov.

In a statement, the county said these are the proposal’s most significant changes:

District 2 (represented by Council Member Derrek Pugh) loses parts of the North Columbia area and an area south of Blythewood to District 7 (represented by Council Member Barron).

District 3 (represented by Council Member Yvonne McBride) loses part of Ward 6 and all of northern Forest Acres to District 6 (represented by Council Member Joe Walker).

District 8 (represented by council member Overture Walker) is moving north, absorbing the Longcreek neighborhood into the northwest portion of District 9 (represented by council member Jesica Mackey). As a result of this change, District 3 gains the electoral districts of Trenholm Road and Arcadia, and District 6 gains the electoral district of Satchelford.

District 10 (represented by Council Member Cheryl English) gains the area southeast of Fort Jackson, bounded by Congaree and Piney Branch Roads, to the Garners Ferry area currently in District 11 (represented by board member Chakisse Newton).

Districts 1, 4, and 5 (represented by council members Bill Malinowski, Paul Livingston, and Allison Terracio, respectively) remain largely unchanged.

The county council is due to vote to approve the maps on February 8.

Residents are encouraged to email their comments on the maps to [email protected]

David Travis Bland has won the SC Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for Community Journalism. He joined The State in 2018. He writes about crime, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
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