After map places GOP Rep. York against Democrat Leader Adkins, York says game on

01/12/2012 07:48 AM

(UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM SPEAKER STUMBO) — Among the 9 incumbent state representatives who are slated to face another incumbent later this year under the newly-drafted map, only one is a Democrat.

And Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Democrat from Sandy Hook, also happens to be the House Democratic floor leader who is sitting on the largest campaign bank account of any incumbent lawmaker up for re-election this year — more than $200,000.

Adkins, under the new map, was drawn into the same district as Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson.

York told Pure Politics reporter Nick Storm that she isn’t intimidated by Adkins’ campaign warchest. And she said if putting her in his district is what Democrats want to do, she said they might end up regretting it. Watch her response:

Adkins’ current 99th District includes part of Rowan County and southern Boyd County plus all of Elliott and Lawrence counties. York’s 96th district is all of Lewis and Carter counties.

The new 99th district would fuse all of Carter and Elliott with western Lawrence County and southern Boyd County.

York said she particularly objected to what the map would do to the other county she currently represents: Lewis County. It has 17,490 people — just over half the size of Carter County.

But under the Democrats’ map, the county is split among three House districts — the 70th District (Bracken, Mason, Fleming and western Lewis), 71st District (Morgan, Rowan and central Lewis) and the 98th District (Greenup, a bit of Boyd and eastern Lewis).

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Adkins was “taking a hit” by agreeing to go into a district that would have 27,000 new constituents in Carter County.

“There’s a lot of pain for everybody,” he said.

- Video by Nick Storm


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