Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 16, 2013

House Democrat redistricting pits Adkins against Sinnette

FRANKFORT — State House Democrats Friday released their latest proposal to re-draw House legislative districts and it pits two sets of Democratic incumbents, including Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and Kevin Sinnette, and two sets of Republican incumbents against each other in new districts.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the 100th District in Boyd County which puts Adkins and Sinnette together. Sinnette lives in Ashland while Adkins has a residence in Catlettsburg in Boyd County but calls Sandy Hook in Elliott County home.

The previous House map, offered in the 2013 General Assembly, drew the 100th in a way to split Boyd County, running from Ashland down U.S. 23 to pick up Lawrence County and leaving Adkins’ district with Elliott County and Sandy Hook and enough of Boyd County to include Catlettsburg.

But the new map – which on initial inspection seems to have quieted Republican claims of unfairness and gerrymandering – also creates four new, open seats and one of them, the 99th, includes Elliott, Rowan and Lewis counties. Adkins conceivably could move into that new district – which includes Sandy Hook – in time for the 2014 elections, leaving Sinnette as the sole incumbent in the 100th.

Also lumped together in the new 97th District are Democrats John Will Stacy of West Liberty in Morgan County and Hubert Collins of Wittensville in Johnson County.

Republicans Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green and C.B. Embry of Morgantown were placed into the 17th District which includes Butler and part of Warren County. Republicans Myron Dossett of Pembroke in Christian County and Ben Waide of Madisonville were also lumped together in the 9th District which includes part of Christian and part of Hopkins counties.

The map splits the minimum number of counties – the 22 which are larger than the ideal population size for House districts plus two more – and creates open seats in Jefferson, Bullitt and Anderson counties in addition to the 99th in northeastern Kentucky.

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