August 16-- The state Senate District represented by Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons will be larger if the redistricting map currently under consideration by the state legislature is approved.
Senator Williams says the 19th Senatorial District will increase in size from nine to eleven by adding Treutlen and Telfair counties.
"In south Georgia we don't have near the growth they have in Hall or Forsyth or Cherokee counties, so we lost one south Georgia district over around the Sumter County area which will move to the Floyd County area. Our districts just become larger and I've gone from having nine counties to eleven including Telfair and Treutlen counties," Senator Williams reports.
Senator Williams believes the maps will meet muster with the U.S. Department of Justice.
"We tried not to divide counties unless we absolutely had to and we tried to keep cities and communities together. We obeyed the law and the population deviations are less than one percent, so it should be pre-cleared," he said.
"One of the things the Democrats did to us ten years ago was to group us together so that if two Republicans lived close to each other, they put us in the same district so we'd have to run against each other. Other than one district in South Georgia, no other senator is put together with an incumbent. Those are the harsh things we tried to avoid," Senator Williams says.
According to Senator Williams, the state Senate and House maps should be approved by the end of next week to be followed the last week of August by Congressional District maps.