Is Adams County best suited with the Delta?

NATCHEZ — Local leaders are hopeful that a panel of judges working to redistrict Mississippi’s four congressional districts will let Adams County stay put.

One of the proposals on the table, though, would move Adams and Wilkinson counties from the 2nd Congressional District to the 3rd.

The task of redistricting in Mississippi was turned over the panel of three judges earlier this month when the state legislature failed to agree upon a new plan. The panel has not announced a final plan.

The 2nd District, centered in the Delta and Jackson and represented by Democrat Bennie Thompson, had 66,263 people in the 2010 census — 9.9 percent below ideal. Central Mississippi’s 3rd District, represented by Republican Gregg Harper is slightly above the ideal.

Natchez Democrat
12/17/11