County commissioner and school board district map is decided
Guilford County Commissioners Council Chairman Skip Alston, working with other state commissioners and lawmakers, has drawn a new county commissioners district map that the Commissioners Council is expected to adopt at its meeting from Thursday 4 November.
The card (pictured above) will be used for county commissioner and school board races from 2022 and is expected to be valid until after the 2030 census.
Alston said over the past two weeks he has been in talks with county, school and state leaders. The president said that while it was extremely difficult to clarify all the details with so many interested parties on both sides of the political spectrum involved, the end result was a map that almost anyone could agree on and vote to approve.
He said the card would get a unanimous or near-unanimous vote of approval from the Council of Commissioners on November 4 and he said state lawmakers were also on board.
Alston, a Democrat, said the input and help from District 59 Republican State Representative Jon Hardister was invaluable in achieving the finished product.
“I really, really want to thank Jon Hardister,” Alston said.
He said Hardister had worked extremely hard – and very closely with him – to come up with a map the vast majority of players could agree on.
“I gave a little more than I wanted, but he gave too,” Alston said, noting that his district, District 8, would have more white voters under the new card.
Alston also had a lot of positive things to say about the role played by Democratic District 57 state representative Ashton Clemmons.
Alston said Hardister and Clemmons – along with others involved in the process – really focused on what is best for the citizens of the county.
“There are Democrats and Republicans,” Alston said, “but we are all a Guilford. “
Alston has been preaching the “One Guilford” theme since being elected chair of the Council of Commissioners last December.
Alston, who was in high spirits on Wednesday evening, November 3 – while the ink was still drying on the new map – said the way local and state leaders were working together was very refreshing.
“We checked our egos at the door,” Alston said.
He’s used the ‘making sausage’ analogy before as a commissioner – typically using it to refer to passing a county budget while chairing the board. The process is really lousy, but the end result is great.
However, this time Alston said it had been like making a “luxury sausage”. He continued the sausage analogy: he said in the end there were sausages stuck to the machinery, some spilled onto the floor and there was a giant mess all over the sausage factory. – but, in the end, he said, everyone has agreed on a map that should benefit all citizens and will have lines that create fair representation.
Alston said that since Hardister and other state lawmakers representing Guilford County were involved in the process of creating the map, he was confident the new map would be approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. .
Guilford County Commissioners still had about two weeks before the deadline to send a new proposed district card to the state, but now Commissioners can use that time to select Thanksgiving turkeys and make other plans for vacation.
Alston said based on conversations he had with the two Republicans on the Council of Commissioners – Justin Conrad and Alan Perdue – he expected the two to vote to approve the new card with most if not all. Council Democrats.
If you want a more detailed version of this map, go to: https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/12465/637704954311770000 and scroll to the bottom of the document. This map is the “Proposed redistribution map F” and the final map of the document.