Spillers says slim possibility keeping one Rep. for Newton
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.