Tennessee Rep. Tommie Brown to host public meeting on redistricting in Chattanooga

Tennessee Rep. Tommie Brown to host public meeting on redistricting in Chattanooga

January 5th, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Rep. Tommie Brown. D-Chattanooga District 28

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, will hold a public forum Saturday in Chattanooga "for the purpose of reviewing the proposed redistricting plan" that affects the House District 28 she represents.

Brown said she has obtained detailed precinct-level information about the Republican-drawn plan, which moved Wednesday through a House "ad hoc" panel comprised of GOP members and later through the House State and Local Government Subcommittee.

The GOP plan merges portions of fellow Chattanooga Democrat Rep. JoAnne Favors' 29th Legislative District with Brown's 28th District. Both lawmakers are black and Republicans say the move is necessary to meeting federal Voting Rights Act protections for districts such as Brown's where there are majorities of black voters.

Favors's district does not have a majority of black voters and Republicans plan to shift many of the black voters who are there to Brown's district.

Brown's meeting is from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Housing Authority's multi-purpose room at 801 Holtzclaw Ave.

Participants will also discuss plans for Brown's upcoming 28th District Assembly where residents voice opinions on legislative issues.