Redistricting top of mind for growing Bossier Parish

Bossier Parish Police Jury redistricting meeting
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Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Soon several districts within Bossier Parish will have new boundaries, as leaders start the redistricting process.

Seven of the 12 police jury districts will require redistricting in order to remain in compliance. The parish grew from 116,979 people in 2010 to 128,746 people in 2020, according to U.S. Census data.

But how will redistricting change things for residents?

“The only thing that’s going to be different is if you vote for me before, they may be voting for another juror this time,” said District 3 Juror Philip Rodgers. “We have to redraw our lines so all 12 jurors have the same amount of people.”

In other words, these new districts could change who is representing you.

“It’s about representation, representation, representation,” Lisa Johnson with Bossier Chamber of Commerce, told KSLA last month.

In an emailed statement, Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler said:

I’ve witnessed the growth of Bossier City over the past decade, so the population increase identified by the 2020 Census is no surprise. I am proud that businesses and families want to call Bossier City “home” and I welcome them to our community. This growth brings about many changes, such as redistricting. The City Council is tasked with redistricting to ensure the districts are balanced and provide equal representation for all citizens of Bossier City. The Bossier City Charter provides the following guidelines for redistricting:

Section 3.02.

(a) Five (5) City Council districts shall be defined in accordance with Section 3.03 of this Charter.

(b) Two (2) City Council at-large districts shall consist of the boundaries of the City.

Section 3.03.

(a) Any ordinance annexing new areas to the City shall prescribe the City Council district or districts in which said area shall be included.

(b) At least one (1) year prior to the first primary election for City Council members following each federal census, the City Council shall, by ordinance, alter, change, or rearrange the five (5) City Council districts so that each City Council district shall contain, as near as can be determined, the same number of people.

The growth in Bossier City and parish is showing no signs of slowing-down and I am honored to serve as Mayor of one of the fastest-growing cities in Louisiana.

Thursday, Oct. 21, state lawmakers will meet at Louisiana State University-Shreveport to discuss redistricting in northwest Louisiana.

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