To the Editor:
One of the most important tasks the Kentucky General Assembly undertakes each decade is re-drawing the geographic boundaries of each House and Senate district to reflect population changes reported by the nation’s Census Bureau.
While many Kentuckians often see no difference in who represents them when this occurs, many others are affected, and in the case of the new House map that became law in August that includes a sizeable portion of Letcher County.
The good news for those living here is that redistricting simplifies matters, since the county’s representation will no longer be split in two as it has been since 2002. Instead, the county will be fully included in the 94th House District, which I have been proud to serve for nearly seven years.
As far as I am concerned – and I know the same goes for Rep. John Short, Letcher County’s other state representative – that split has never mattered, because he and I have worked together to benefit all of the county, not just the portion that we each currently represent.
Nevertheless, this change, which is scheduled to take effect during next year’s election cycle, is important to Letcher County residents, because it will better allow them to speak with one voice.
Although this law is still technically before a federal court – under legal action filed before the General Assembly met this summer – it is widely believed no changes will be made.
I’m grateful for that, because I look forward to the day when all of Letcher County is in the same House district. As we wait for that day to occur, always know that my door is open, especially as we near the start of the next legislative session in January.
No matter the time of year, you can reach me in several ways. My email is Leslie.Combs@lrc. ky.gov, while the toll-free message line for me or any other legislator is 800-372-7181. You can also address any letters to me at Room 373, Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
With redistricting now essentially done, many of my House and Senate colleagues are reaching out to meet those who will be part of their new districts. I consider myself fortunate in this regard, because I have always felt that every person in Letcher County is a constituent of mine. The only difference now is that the new map makes it official.
94th District State Representative