Hispanics Sue Dallas Over New City Council Districts
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A war is brewing in Dallas over the newly redistricted City Council map. Some Hispanic residents are suing the city, and took their case to the media at a news conference in front of Dallas City Hall Wednesday.
The lawsuit contends that the new district map does not fairly represent the 42-percent of the Hispanic population.
KRLD’s Phyllis Smith Reports:
Hilda Ramirez Duarte is one of two plaintiffs in the federal case. Under the new map, her district is combined with another, so she will have both Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs as her council representatives. “It doesn’t make sense that I’ll be represented by someone who does not live in my area or does know the concerns of my community.”
Demographer Bill Bensen was also there. He presented an independent map to city officials on behalf of the Hispanic community. “We don’t need those strange shapes in a district. The more compact a district is, the more leadership we will have coming forward who will want to run for office.” He says based on the population, there could be as many as 6 Hispanic districts.
Frank Librio with the city of Dallas says the city is ready to go to court and fight. “Among other things, the city’s redistricting plan establishes four districts, where Hispanics comprise at least 62-1/2 percent of the population”
The lawsuit says there are only three districts that properly represent the Hispanic community, and wants the court to stop any future elections until the maps are redrawn.