Spillers says slim pos­si­bil­ity keep­ing one Rep. for New­ton

The Covington News - - MEMORY LANE -

New­ton County Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-Elect Otis Spillers has ex­pressed his views on the reap­por­tion­ment of the Ge­or­gia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and he ap­par­ently feels that New­ton County may get one rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the new align­ment.

He was quoted last week as say­ing, “We in New­ton County are a lit­tle for­tu­nate in the fact that we are one of the larger coun­ties and still have a slim pos­si­bil­ity of keep­ing one Rep­re­sen­ta­tive…”

New­ton County is ranked 38th in the state pop­u­la­tion wise and at present has two rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the house — W.D. (Don­ald) Ballard and Jack H. Mor­gan. Mr. Mor­gan did not seek re­elec­tion in the March Demo­cratic pri­mary. In that pri­mary Mr. Spillers de­feated J. Hugh Steele for Mor­gan’s post. How­ever, a court order has made reap­por­tion­ment manda­tory in Ge­or­gia and it must come in the near fu­ture.

Mr. Spillers has se­cured in­for­ma­tion on the reap­por­tion­ment prob­lems from a num­ber of other states. Some have sim­i­lar prob­lems to those of Ge­or­gia; and some have prob­lems far more com­pli­cated.

Mr. Spillers said that “it is my un­der­stand­ing that the State of Ge­or­gia can con­tinue and the nom­i­nees that have been elected can serve in Jan­uary, 1965.”

He quoted from a let­ter he re­ceived from the State of Ne­braska:

“The Fed­eral judges ruled that the reap­por­tion­ment did not meet the re­quire­ments set out in the rul­ing of the United States Supreme Court. How­ever, the Leg­is­la­tors elected un­der the reap­por­tion­ment of the last ses­sion will serve as de facto leg­is­la­tors in the next ses­sion. In­struc­tions were handed down for the fed­eral judges to reap­por­tion to the leg­isla­tive dis­tricts in the next ses­sion which will be in Jan­uary, 1965 leg­is­la­ture.

“The court re­tained ju­ris­dic­tion of the mat­ter pend­ing the out­come of the ac­tion of the next ses­sion in meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the courts de­ci­sion.”

One lo­cal po­lit­i­cal observer pointed out re­cently that it now looks like a free-forall race of the New­ton County’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive post in the Ge­or­gia House — if the county gets one rep­re­sen­ta­tive un­der the new set-up.

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