Last Modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:41 PM
The U.S. Justice Department said it has no objections to the City of Lake Charles’ 2012 redistricting plan.
City officials redrew lines this summer and needed advance clearance from the federal agency’s Civil Rights Division.
City Councilman Marshall Simien was a member of the redistricting committee that worked on the new plan.
“I think it more accurately reflects the city,” he said. “We still have three majority black and three majority white districts. District F remains the district with a good mix.”
City Hall officials received a letter on Aug. 6 from the Justice Department that stated, “The Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the specified changes.”
City Attorney Billy Loftin said the new lines will go into effect during the next election.
“We appreciate the community involvement. Everyone worked together and gave a tremendous effort in what otherwise could have been a difficult process. The positive outcome exhibited this,” he said.
Loftin complimented the work of resident activists and the members of the redistricting committee composed of city officials and current and former city council members.