CHARLESTON, WV - Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D - Marshall) announced today that the Senate Redistricting Task Force will hold an open forum Wednesday in Charleston.
The Senate Redistricting Task force was put in place earlier this year following the release of West Virginia’s population statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau. “The figures showed a dramatic shift in population from the south to the north over the last ten years,” says Kessler. “The bi-partisan, geographically diverse Task Force is holding meetings around the state to gather input from local citizens in each of the State’s senatorial districts.”
“These meetings allow the public to inform us, in person, about how they think their districts should be arranged,” says Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-Berkeley), Chairman of the Task Force. “We encourage the public and local officials to attend and express their ideas and concerns in order to make this process as open and transparent as possible.”
The Senate Redistricting Task Force meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18th in the Kanawha County Courthouse on the first floor in the Commission Courtroom. The meeting is free and open to the public.