Quantcast

State redistricting means big changes in Southeast Kansas - KOAM TV 7

State redistricting means big changes in Southeast Kansas

Updated:

Federal judges finalize new political maps in Kansas that mean big changes in Southeast Kansas.

Senators and House members are scrambling to adapt to these changes which were approved and released Thursday night.

The new maps have added and subtracted certain counties to new districts, opened up Senate and House seats, and they're also forcing politicians to quickly get into campaign mode.

Same lawmakers believe the changes were not necessary.

"It could have been avoided, yes," says Senator Bob Marshall, of the 13th District.  "The Senate and the House, had we done what we were supposed to this would not have happened, and we would have been pretty much the way we would have been before."

The new lines have shifted district boundaries and the numbers of constituents.

"It's about 72,000 people have to be in each Senators district," says Senator Marshall.  "I had about 67,000 people."

Senator Bob Marshall used to represent most of Bourbon County in the 13th District.  He's lost a majority of that county but has gained constituents in all of Cherokee County, which used to be split up between the 13th and 14th Districts.

"It's never good for the constituents to make a change because many don't understand the organization, and they don't understand how to find to make contact with someone," says Marshall.

Cherokee County Clerk Crystal Gatewood says having a single representative for their county will make things simpler.

"Explaining to voters 'no you live in the 13th district, you know, that isn't your senator, you need to call this person or that person,' now they will know they only have one senator, one representative," says Gatewood.

"I think it will be good having just one senator for the whole county instead of two different opinions," says Baxter Springs resident Angela Redden.  "One opinion's easier to get stuff done then going back and forth with two."

"As long as we get adequate representation, I don't have a problem with it," says Columbus resident Dennis Elbraden.

The new lines are not only changing and adding constituents, they're also putting Senators and House members in a race against opponents they wouldn't have had otherwise.

Marshall is now up against fellow Republican Jacob Lurner, a Cherokee County native.

Marshall says he's not the only Kansas lawmaker rushing to campaign.

"There will be 40 house districts that will have competing representatives, so yeah it's going to cause a lot of grief," Marshall says.

Senator Dwayne Umbarger used to represent Columbus and Baxter Springs in Cherokee County before it was moved from the 14th to the 13th District.

Umbarger has now been put into the 15th District  where he will run against fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff King.

Redistricting left the 14th District covering Wilson and Woodson County without a representative.  Today, John Grange from El Dorado filed to run for that seat.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • $145,000 state audit of City of Joplin now underway

    $145,000 state audit of City of Joplin now underway

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-09-03 01:48:40 GMT
    A state audit of the City of Joplin, costing up to $145,000, began today.   A representative from the MO State Auditor's Office addressed Joplin City Council tonight, stating survey work is now underway to determine weak areas in need of further investigation.More >>
    A state audit of the City of Joplin, costing up to $145,000, began today.   A representative from the MO State Auditor's Office addressed Joplin City Council tonight, stating survey work is now underway to determine weak areas in need of further investigation.More >>
  • Christopher Foundation Announces their September Project

    Christopher Foundation Announces their September Project

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:34:47 GMT
    Joplin, MO - This year the Christopher Foundation will be collecting DVD;s for the oncology floor and clinics at Children's Mercy Hospital in KC. As well as the new Children's Mercy Clinic in Joplin. Movies must be new and rated PG-13 and under. DVD's can be dropped off at any Southwest Missouri Bank location, both New-Mac Electric locations, and Joyful Journey's in Neosho, MO. Donations can be also be mailed to the Christopher Foundation at P.O. Box 717, Neosho, MO 64850. All money received ...More >>
    Joplin, MO - This year the Christopher Foundation will be collecting DVD;s for the oncology floor and clinics at Children's Mercy Hospital in KC. As well as the new Children's Mercy Clinic in Joplin. Movies must be new and rated PG-13 and under. DVD's can be dropped off at any Southwest Missouri Bank location, both New-Mac Electric locations, and Joyful Journey's in Neosho, MO. Donations can be also be mailed to the Christopher Foundation at P.O. Box 717, Neosho, MO 64850. All money received ...More >>
  • Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center Opens for Classes

    Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center Opens for Classes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:19:47 GMT
    As one door closes....another one opens, for Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students. The 110 million dollar project delayed the start of school for a week, but today students began classes in their new state of the art building that marks the beginning of a new chapter.3 years and 3 campuses later, Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students have a new place to call home."You can just look around and at first glance you can already tell this doesn't feel lik...More >>
    As one door closes....another one opens, for Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students. The 110 million dollar project delayed the start of school for a week, but today students began classes in their new state of the art building that marks the beginning of a new chapter.3 years and 3 campuses later, Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students have a new place to call home."You can just look around and at first glance you can already tell this doesn't feel lik...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.