State Representative Ben Waide of Madisonville has proposed an alternative state house re-districting plan which would prevent he and State Representative Myron Dossett from having to run against each other in the Republican Primary.
The proposal would also slightly reduce the number of current members running against each other to ten. That would include one pair of Republicans, two pairs of Democrats two pairs of Democrats versus Republicans and one pair of Republicans.
The proposal splits 24 counties and 10 precincts as opposed to the 28 counties and 246 split precincts under the already passed House Bill 1. Eastern Christian and all of Todd County would be in Representative Dossett’s District 9 and 8th District Representative John Tilley would have much of southern and western Christian County.
A small portion of northwestern Christian County would be in the 4th District along with Caldwell, Crittenden and Trigg. Waide’s bill has a smaller variance in acceptable population difference among districts and believes House Bill 1 will be deemed unconstitutional in court.
A lawsuit challenging its constitutionality has reportedly already been filed.