FORSYTH -- Some Monroe County residents may soon get a different county commissioner.
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a redistricting plan that significantly expands the size of District 1, which is centered on Forsyth, and brings it out several miles to the Lamar County border.
Most of that space is drawn from the northern District 4, which experienced the highest growth rates. The county’s two other districts, to the south and east, keep much of their original boundaries and people they’ve had since 2002.
State Rep. Robert Dickey, R-Musella, said Thursday that he and Rep. Susan Holmes, R-Monticello, who represent Monroe County, will review the map and likely urge its passage in the Georgia General Assembly.
“Unless we see something terribly out of whack with it, we’ll probably try to do their wishes,” Dickey said.
The map was drawn by Commissioners Larry Evans and James Ham, with help from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
Though Evans’ District 1 now extends from the center of Monroe County to the western border, he downplayed the scale of changes.
“Basically, it hadn’t changed that much,” Evans said.
Joe Proctor, who represents the northern District 4 that grew much faster and lost the most land, was largely quiet during a short discussion.
Ham joked about Evans’ taking on a bigger part of the county.
“I for one am happy because I was tired of having about three-quarters of the county to look after, with no help from Larry,” said Ham, whose District 2 covers southwestern Monroe County. That district remained largely intact, though it also picked up some of southeastern Forsyth.
District 3, now held by Patsy Miller, picks up some areas around Juliette Road.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.