NC House passes redrawn judicial map creates new district for Pender

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A redrawn map of North Carolina’s election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors means better representation for Pender County.HB 717 has cleared the House.- Advertisement – In the new map, instead of New Hanover and Pender Counties making up the 5th Judicial District, they are broken up into three districts known as 12A, 12B, and 12C.District 12A is made up of all of Pender County and a portion of the Castle Hayne area in New Hanover County. The rest of New Hanover County will be broken up into 12B and 12C.The House voted 69-43 late Thursday for the redistricting, which the chief Republican that led the effort says would bring uniformity and fairness to how District and Superior Court judges are elected.Related Article: New Hanover County Commission turns blue for the first time in decades following midterms“North Carolina’s population has grown rapidly over the past two generations, and it is a constitutional duty for the General Assembly to ensure the justice system serves all our citizens equally,” said House Speaker Tim Moore in a news release.Democrats voting against the measure said urban counties that favor their party are split so that more Republicans will be elected. They also suggested litigation was likely because the maps could force an inordinate number of black judges to run against each other.But it won’t be taken up by the Senate – if it all – until at least January.Senators earlier Thursday wrapped up their work for a special session. The next session begins January 10.*information from the Associated Press was used in this reportlast_img read more

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