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Apolitical districts

Taking an issue that has spurred lawsuits, consultants and vetoes in the past into something that garners almost no discussion – let alone controversy – can be viewed as a success in itself.

At least that is the way City Councilman John Crawford, R-at-large, views his efforts with Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, to draw the new Fort Wayne council district maps.

The council on Tuesday gave unanimous conditional approval to its district maps with no discussion after having briefly talked about them at a previous meeting. Crawford said he and Hines tried to move as few precincts as possible to reach relative population equality between the districts.

In total, only nine precincts – out of hundreds – were switched. The biggest change was four precincts moving from the northern third district to the southern fifth district in the area around St. Francis University.

“It was just simple for everybody,” Crawford said.

The proposed district map and its demographic statistics can be found online at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/city-council/178-redistricting-.html.

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