Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-11-26 11:00:00 –
Oklahoma City (Free press) — Many Oklahomans and legislative leaders will be placed in the new district after the newly drawn legislative and parliamentary district boundaries have been established.
One district of the Oklahoma City Senate, especially the SD-30, has undergone major changes. The district reorganization has changed from the metro’s most gerrymandering district to a geographically compact district.
The SD-30 is represented by Senator Julia Kirt, then Senator before the quilt, and now Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.
The district, as it is today, spans many of the northern Oklahoma City districts, The Village, around Lake Hofner, Bethany, Warr Acres, and just north of Fairgrounds.
“My district used to be a very strangely shaped district when it was drawn in 2010,” Kurt said. “Therefore, my district was often used as an example of gerrymandering because of the clear decision to include certain areas more than others.”
Senate District 30
SD-30 will be the smallest district with a parameter of 22 square miles. The boundaries of the Senate district include approximately 83,739 people.
The new SD-30 will continue to include parts of Oklahoma City, Bethany, and Warr Acres, but will no longer extend north to include villages and the area around Lake Hofner.
“I think it’s good that my district is more compact, so many neighbors that are close to each other in nature will be in the same district,” Kurt said of the newly drawn SD-30.
Kurt now lives near her members. She says this is one of the benefits of the new district.
“I will live near the people I represent. It’s important for people,” Kurt said. “I talked to people from time to time, and they would think I lived in the neighborhood and I wouldn’t be anywhere nearby.”
Kurt said the new SD-30 also presents specific challenges, as more than half of her district is made up of new components.
“It’s hard to meet new people and they don’t feel connected to them at the Capitol,” Kurt said. “When you build relationships with schools and community leaders, it’s always difficult to change and meet new people, as they can reassure the people who represent them.”
Kurt said he wants new members to know that they are accessible and ready to address their concerns and needs.
Governor Kevin Stitt signed a new district map of the Legislature and Legislative District on Monday. The map will enter into force in 2022 for the state election cycle and will remain in place for the next 10 years.
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