Redistricting results in change to Rep. Kevin Bailey’s state district #140

A lawsuit over the shape of Texas’ legislative districts has been settled by the Federal District Court for the Eastern Districc of Texas resulting in a significant change to the boundaries of District 140 according to State Representative Kevin Bailey. The three judge panel upheld the districts that were drawn after the end of the 1egis1ative session by the Legislative Redistricting Board.

“1 hate to lose good friends that I have made in the areas that are moving from District 140” Bailey said. “I have enjoyed representing them and working very closely with the neighborhood representatives on both community and legislative issues.”

Several community leaders had written letters protesting the division of Aldine neighborhoods to no avail. Under the redistricting plan, residents living in Sequoia Estates, Aldine Place and Castlewood in the Aldine area who were in District 140 will now be in District 141. In addition the North Lindale neighborhood in the Loop 610 area will be moved to District 148.

Many of the new additions to District 140 were part of the district prior to redistricting that resulted from a lawsuit that was settled in 1995. Neighborhoods returning to District 140 include Northline Terrace, Belmar, Meadowlea, Cliffside, Glen Oaks and Rose Garden.

“However, the boundary change will benefit some neighborhoods. Where before the Northline Park Community was divided into two state representative districts, now they will be united into one district,” said Bailey. “I believe this will allow for greater quality representation for those neighborhoods. I will work closely with the new and returning citizens of District 140, to determine their needs in order to represent them in Austin.”