Council picks redistricting map favored by Democratic majority

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The five Democrats on the Lincoln City Council approved a redistricting map that they designed and that they say keeps neighborhoods intact. 

Jon Camp and Adam Hornung, the two lone Republicans on the council, voted against that option, Map A, during Monday evening's council meeting. 

Former Republican Councilwoman Robin Eschliman has said the map that was approved gives Democrats an edge in District 3 by moving heavily Republican precincts into District 2 (southeast Lincoln), which already is heavily Republican. 

But Camp and Hornung stayed away from partisan blame games during a brief discussion before the vote, saying they preferred Map C, which better divided the city into four quadrants. 

Councilman Jonathon Cook said the map preferred by the Democrats keeps more precincts in their current districts than the Republican-favored map. 

Councilman Doug Emery, a Democrat, said Camp and Hornung had not bothered to solicit support privately for the option they liked best. 

People can work to get something done or turn it into a "publicity contest," he said. 

But Camp said he thought some of that discussion would occur several weeks ago at a council meeting on redistricting. Instead, it was clear that the Democrats favored Map A, he said. 

In other action Monday, the council approved zoning changes, a zoning agreement and a special permit that will allow Alpha Gamma Rho, 1430 Idylwild Drive, to build a new fraternity house at its current location across from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus.