Senator Gains New TerritoryDecember 21, 2011 No Comments
With Thanksgiving already past, our focus now turns to Christmas. Politically, it is a time to ride in parades and show the Christmas spirit. Personally, it is a time to remember the true meaning behind Christmas and realize that we need to remember it year round! I want to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I also want to give you a political update since the last printing.
This past legislative session the legislature was required to redraw all State House, State Senate, and US Congressional District lines. This was done through a process called redistricting after the reapportionment numbers were distributed to the state from the US Census. This process takes place every 10 years. Prior to this, I represented 92,000 people in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Union Counties. With the state population growth, the new district I represent had to increase to 104,000 people. Once the plan passed the General Assembly and was signed by the Governor, it had to be approved by the US Department of Justice. On November 15th, the Department of Justice gave the State Senate plan approval to be used in the 2012 Senate elections.
Under this plan I gained the Roebuck Elementary, Canaan Baptist, R.D. Anderson Vocational, and E.P. Todd precincts in Spartanburg County. I kept most of the areas in Spartanburg County that I currently have except for three precincts. In Greenville County, I gained the Graze Branch precinct and still kept three other precincts. In Union County, I gained Bonham, East Buffalo, and all city Ward precincts giving me roughly 64% of the county. For those of you living in these new precincts (and the existing precincts), I will be on your ballot in 2012 as I seek re-election. I invite you to visit my website www.SenatorMartin.com and feel free to contact me any time. I want you to get to know me and understand my values as I ask for your vote in 2012.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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