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RINGGOLD, Ga. - Catoosa County Commissioner Dewayne Hill hopes the 2010 census will sort things out in Catoosa County.

The county is split into two state House districts and two state Senate districts, which he says hurts residents' representation.

"When it comes down to the nitty gritty, there's not enough pull for the citizens," Mr. Hill said.

Mr. Hill represents the 4th District on the County Commission. His district is split among Sens. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, and Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, as well as Reps. Tom Weldon, R-Ringgold, and Jay Neal, R-LaFayette.

Mr. Hill said the delegation does good work for the county. If lines were redrawn after the census to move the whole county into a single state House and Senate district, it would give residents a "better voice," he said.

Sen. Mullis said he took no offense at the notion and understands Mr. Hill's quandary.

"We all represent it, but who do you deal with?" he said.

It would be nice if the district lines matched county lines, he said, but districts are based on population and all must be within a few percentage points of the same population.

Shantée El, director of the Georgia Redistricting Services Office, said redrawing the lines is a complicated process.

She said she "wouldn't hazard a guess" at when the lines might reworked, but the state should receive population data from the census in April 2011.

From there, the governor and General Assembly would set a date for redistricting and, in the past, have called a special session to set the lines, she said.

As to how population changes might affect Catoosa County's representation, no one knows.

"When you talk about a guessing game, I'll leave that to the people in power to make those guesses," Ms. El said.

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