Process to Redistrict City Council Wards Required After Census Results

The Brownwood City Council on Tuesday morning, November 23,  approved two resolutions authorizing redistricting among City Wards and adopting the criteria for redistricting based on 2020 Census Data.

The Knight Law Firm was hired by the City of Brownwood to assess the population within the current wards.

“Based on the 2020 Census, the population of each individual council ward has been reviewed and, based on the populations, there is a differential of greater than 10 percent between the wards,” said Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford.

By federal and state law, the City is required to have the wards within a 10% margin by population.

“This means that we will need to redistrict the five city council wards so that they have a more equal representation,” Crawford said.

The Knight Law Firm is already working on three different options of ward maps that will likely be presented to the City Council for their consideration in late December.

IN THE PHOTO:  Left to right are Mayor Stephen Haynes, City Manager Emily Crawford and Ward 3 City Councilmember Melody Nowowiejski