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General Assembly could consider district lines
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State lawmakers could review Dawson County’s district lines when the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes in August for a special session on state redistricting.

Rep. Amos Amerson ran two public notices in the Aug. 3 issue of the Dawson Community News announcing his intent to introduce local legislation to amend the lines for county commission and school board.

The commission voted in June to submit a new district map after recent U.S. Census numbers showed the local population grew by nearly 40 percent from 2000-10.

Commission Chairman Mike Berg said the proposed changes are minor and would have little effect on residents, since both commission and school board posts are elected countywide.

"Our main interest was to not affect those already in office, and we were successful in doing that," Berg said.

Redistricting, however, could affect residents planning to run for office.

The proposed changes move residents in the Gold Creek subdivision from District 2, the most populated area, to District 1, which includes the Dawson County portion of Big Canoe and surrounding area.

District 2 encompasses the Hwy. 136 area, from Ga. 400 to the Lumpkin County line. According to County Manager Kevin Tanner, its population was so much larger than any other district that all five of them needed to be changed to balance the census results.

Residents did not speak on the proposal at either of the two public hearings held on the matter.

If the General Assembly chooses to take up county commission districts in August, it would be passed as local legislation and then submitted to the Department of Justice for review.