The proposed map divides Jersey Village between House Districts 138 and 148. (Screen capture courtesy of Texas House)
Redistribution is the process of redrawing the boundaries of representation in state and local jurisdictions and is required after each decennial census. The house plan divides the 3.5 square mile city of Jersey Village, which is currently contained within house district 135, between districts 138 and 148.
Warren said the community of 8,000 is tight-knit and politically engaged. He argued that dividing the community between two districts would make it more difficult to work with elected officials on issues such as flood mitigation.
“Neighbors who have lived and worked together as one community for over 65 years will find themselves, for the first time at any level of government, represented by different elected officials,” he said during the public audience. “While for some neighborhoods this may seem like a mere reality encountered every 10 years, this is completely uncharted territory for Jersey Village. “
Additionally, Warren pointed out that other Harris County towns such as Bellaire, Deer Park, Galena Park and Webster all remain within a House district on the proposed map. See Warren’s full testimonial below:
Jersey Village City Council member Drew Wasson also voiced his opposition to the proposed maps in a statement released on October 1.
“This map, if passed as is, dilutes our community’s representation at Texas State House by dividing the community, streets and blocks into different neighborhoods,” Wasson said. “This adds detrimental communications confusion to our constituents when advising them who represents them in Austin. And that adds extra effort to our municipal staff when they ask for help. “
The constituency committee is scheduled to meet again to continue the public hearing on October 5 at 1 p.m.