Atlanta, Feb 19, 2022 – Governor Brian Kemp signed into law the Gwinnett County school board redistricting plan and a county commission redistricting plan. Governor Kemp signed the both redistricting maps despite objections from Democrat.
Gwinnett county officials estimated 286,107 individuals or 40.31 percent of eligible voters of the county will see witness a change in their commission voting schedules due to the new maps.
The newly redrawn District 4 currently under Commissioner Marlene Fosque is expected to face major political changes. The North Gwinnett district voted heavily during the last two Presidential elections cycle.
“I’m disappointed that Gwinnett County was not allowed to implement a commission district map that was backed by a supermajority of its elected leadership,” Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson said in a released statement. “It also shifts the commission voting schedule for more than 286,000 voters, so we’ll be working hard to make the changes needed to ensure a smooth transition ahead of the May elections.
Gwinnett Democrat officials blasted their Republican colleagues of racism and “embracing white nationalism” in their actions.
The new commission redrawn maps means residents of Norcross, Berkeley Lake and Peachtree Corners will now be in Commission District 1 instead of District 2. The District 1 seat is not up for re-election until 2024, which means the residents of those three cities will have gone six years without voting for a district commissioner.
Residents of Sugar Hill and northern Suwanee will now be in Commission District 4, which is up for election this year, instead of District 1. Residents in District 4 will be electing a district commissioner just two years after they last voted in a district commissioner race.
Lawrenceville will be split between Districts 1, 3 and 4. Suwanee will be split between District 1 and 4.