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Hattiesburg city council looks for redistricting solution

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The hot button issue of redistricting was the catalyst for some strong feelings from Hattiesburg residents Tuesday night during the second public hearing hosted by the Hattiesburg City Council.

At the heart of the redistricting issue is Ward 4. A coalition, of black community leaders, is calling for three black majority districts based on the Census of 2010, according to city council president Kim Bradley.

He says doing this would cause a split through the center of town,"flipping it upside down". Bradley says many neighborhoods of the historic district would be affected if this happened.

People opposed this plan during the meeting. Bradley says right now the council is looking at moving the third majority black district to another area. Bradley says he doesn't know how all this will turn out.

"We want to be politically correct. We don't want to say the wrong things, but we have some business that we are going to have to tend to. We are going to have to come to some sort of a resolve to it. At the end of the day that is what I said, I said at the end of the day we need to be able to walk out of this room and shake hands, and agree to disagree. We have to continue to make Hattiesburg be the best city that it can be," said Bradley.

Bradley says the last public hearing is June 12, and the council hopes to have a plan to send to the justice department by the second council meeting in July.

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