Weddington Councilman considers run against Larry Kissell
Over the last ten years, Union County’s 68.5 percent population growth has brought dozens of new neighborhoods, 25 new schools, traffic rush hours and another full seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Just prior to the summer recess, the North Carolina General Assembly approved revised congressional, senate and house district maps, reflecting the 2010 census and redrawing the political landscape for the next ten years. Assuming that the three district plans pass the pre-clearance with the Department of Justice, the citizens of Union County will have a greater impact in halls of state government.
“I am really excited about the redistricting changes in Union County,” Rep. Craig Horn said. “Our County will have the third largest delegation to the General Assembly, only Mecklenburg and Wake County have more elected members.”
The Senate redistricting plan redraws District 35, currently represented by Republican Tommy Tucker, entirely inside Union County borders. Four northern precincts previously in District 35 are now part of District 36, represented by Republican Fletcher Hartsell, which encompasses all of Cabarrus County, a net pickup in the Senate for Union County.
The redistricting of House seats is much more dramatically in the County’s favor. Map changes place two house seats exclusively inside county borders and share a third seat with Anson County.
House District 69Frank, represented by Democrat Frank McGuirt, which previously included all of Anson County has been completely redrawn covering precincts from Wingate, following Route 74 though Monroe, Indian Trail and Stallings to the Mecklenburg County line.
The new District 69 voter demographics have flipped. The old District 69 was 61 percent registered Democrat, but now its only 31 percent Democrat. The changes in registration balance will likely be a stiff challenge for Rep. McGuirt or any Democrat running in 2012.
Under the new district map, legislators moved House District 67, represented by Republican Justin Burr, completely out of Union County and reconstituted District 55, moving it from the Virginia border in Person County, to its new location straddling Union and Anson Counties.
The old District 55 was 61 percent registered Democrat, but now after relocation it’s only 46 percent Democrat. The population statistics for the newly formed district indicates that 64 percent of the District’s population resides in Union County.
House District 68, represented by Horn, prior to redistricting occupied most of western Union County, north to Hemby Bridge and east to Unionville. The all-important voter registrations listed the district as 49 percent registered Republicans and 29 percent registered Democrats. The new District 68 is much smaller geographically, occupying precincts that follow NC 84 – Weddington Road, starting in Monroe all the way out through Marvin to the Mecklenburg County line.
Voter registrations in the new District 68 are 45 percent registered Republican, 28 percent Democrat and 27 percent registered as unaffiliated.
Councilman Barry considers run for Congress
Weddington Council member Daniel Barry was recently listed as a potential GOP contender for the 8th Congressional District in an Aug 8, 2011 Roll Call article titled “GOP Looks for Major Gains in North Carolina”. Roll Call is a Capital Hill newspaper and web publication.
The article mentioned other potential GOP contenders including state Representatives Justin Burr , Jerry Dockham and businessman Pat Molamphy. Former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle has already announced for the race to oppose two term incumbent Larry Kissell.
“I am actively considering a run for Congress,” Barry said, “I expect to decide soon.”