KUHF Conversations: Jerry Wood on Houston City Council Redistricting
by: David Pitman, March 8, 2011 9:03:00 am
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The Houston City Council meets Tuesday in a special meeting to debate redistricting. The nine members on the council will discuss which population numbers they want to use in redrawing the electoral map. The 2010 Census put the city a few hundred people short of the 2.1 million needed to automatically add two more seats. But no matter what set of numbers the city wants to use, it will have to redistrict, because of population imbalances among the districts themselves. Jerry Wood is a retired Planning Department employee who's now consulting the city on the redistricting issue. He sat down with David Pitman to talk about what numbers the city could use to set population and district boundaries. They also discuss the feedback from town hall-style meetings on redistricting, and look ahead to what's next in the process.