Divisions draw criticism

Mid-Missouri’s two most populous counties would swap congressmen, under a map proposed this week by the Missouri House Special Committee on Redistricting.


And Camden County, now mostly part of the 4th Congressional District, would move entirely into the proposed new 3rd District.

Because Missouri is losing one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 9th District name is disappearing and most of its central and eastern Missouri counties would shift to the 3rd District under the House Committee proposal.

But, Cole County Presiding Commissioner Marc Ellinger told the committee Thursday afternoon they should have included all of Mid-Missouri in one district instead of continuing to split it two different ways, as has been the case since 1981.

“Central Missouri is kind of a unique area,” Ellinger, a Republican, told the committee. “I am concerned that the current map ultimately represents a split of Mid-Missouri’s interests and a delegation of those Central Missouri interests into the St. Louis Metropolitan area.”

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