Stumbo favors redistricting appeal but tells members to prepare to run in old districts

02/08/2012 01:49 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonburg, told Pure Politics Wednesday that he would rather appeal the court ruling that threw out the new legislative maps.

But he said he has told House members to prepare to run for re-election in their districts under the old legislative maps because such an appeal might not come soon enough.

“Obviously the status of the law would be that, the members, those senators and representatives will run in the district from whence they’re currently elected, so we have told our members to prepare for that,” Stumbo said.

When asked if House Democrats are preparing to challenge Franklin Circuit Judge Phil Shepherd’s ruling on Tuesday, Stumbo said: “I think an appeal would be successful, let me say that, but I don’t think we could probably get some relief from the courts order before the filing deadline passes on Friday.”

So, for now House members prepare to run under the old maps.

“I think that’s the safe route to go. That’s what we’ve advised our members to do. I do favor an appeal and we’ll see what the Senate position is,” Stumbo said.

The filing deadline is now 4 p.m. Friday. And as it stands, that means candidates will file under the previous district lines.

Some lawmakers had resigned themselves to retiring as a result of redistricting and are now rethinking it.

Sen. Walter Blevins, a Democrat from Morehead, filed today to seek a sixth term, as Pageone first reported. He had decided not to run again when the state Senate map blew up his district and placed Rowan County in the same district as Senate Republican Floor Leader Robert Stivers of Manchester.

Plus, four state representatives had planned to run for newly-drawn state seats: Republican Reps. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, David Floyd of Bardstown and Jim DeCesare of Rockfield plus Democratic Rep. Martha Jane King of Lewisburg. And that the map uncertainty has them in limbo.

As of the end of Wednesday, none of those four had re-filed for House seats yet.


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