Craven board approves new district lines

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Voting districts for seats on the Craven County Board of Commissioners have been changed for the first time in 20 years.

After hearing from two county residents Monday, commissioners passed a resolution approving the new district maps, which were drawn by the board in multiple sessions over nearly a year with the help of a Fairfax, Va., mapping consultant and a Greensboro elections law expert.

The resolution, which the board approved on a 5-2 vote along party lines, states the new district plan remedies “substantial inequality of population among the electoral districts of Craven County.”

The new district maps will be in effect for the 2014 election.

The new plan creates seven commissioner districts that contain between 14,582 and 14,997 residents. Each new district has a maximum 1.43 percent deviation from the one man, one vote requirement. A deviation of plus or minus 5 percent is considered acceptable.

In the Havelock area, District 5, currently represented by Theron McCabe, includes eastern Craven County, including Cherry Branch and Harlowe, as well as Cherry Point and parts of Havelock east of McCotter Boulevard.

District 6, represented by Lee K. Allen, includes the heart of Havelock from McCotter Boulevard to Slocum Road.

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