Democrats question transparency of Hamilton County Commission redistricting process

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / District 28 Democrat candidate Yusuf Hakeem speaks during a meet and greet hosted by the League of Women Voters in the Chattanooga Rooms at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, D-Chattanooga, and some fellow Black Democrats are calling for more transparency from the Republican-led Hamilton County Commission as officials begin work on the once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries for commission and school board districts to reflect population changes.

"I wouldn't want us to take what happened at the county [Wednesday] as what's happening behind the scenes. They already know what they're going to do and how they're going to do it," Hakeem cautioned activists last week during a virtual meeting that surveyed the redistricting landscape from local offices on up to the state legislature and Congress.

He warned that "if you're not going to be fair and open you can look forward to a legal process."

Political boundaries for congressional, state legislative and local elected government districts are redrawn every 10 years based on the latest U.S.