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Since mid-October, the Chamblee City Council has been reviewing options regarding filling a vacated at-large council seat. The council worked with Senator Sally Harrell and the State Reapportionment Office to reassign this open seat and create a new Council District 4 to promote equal representation among its constituents. The new council district boundaries were created after reviewing census blocks, population centers and neighborhood communities of interest. The goal was to keep neighborhoods together and recognize natural boundaries (such as larger roads and streams), while evenly distributing the population amongst the four districts. The council believes this map accomplishes these goals; however, we also recognize these boundaries will need to be revisited when the new census data is available in 2022.
Moving from three districts to four is considered a “Change of Governance” in Georgia. The new map and districts will need to be introduced as legislation and pass both houses of the Georgia legislature before being signed by the governor. Once it is signed, the new district seat can be filled. Senator Harrell and the city are working diligently to move this forward so that an election can take place in November, when the city also will have elections for two council seats and the mayor’s seat.
For more information on the City of Chamblee, please visit www.chambleega.gov or call 770-986-5010.