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Black Dallas Council Members Fight Proposed District Map



    Holley Ford

    If you live in Dallas, the city wants to hear how you'd like to be represented on the City Council for the next 10 years.

    Redrawing the council district map of Dallas happens only once every 10 years, based on the latest Census data, so decisions made at City Hall will have a big impact on the entire city.

    Black council members are fighting a proposal that may take away some of their power. They held a news conference Thursday morning expressing their concerns about a proposed map of council districts, a map they said will take away one council district where blacks are a majority and would have a good chance of electing a black council member. There are four black council members now.

    The Hispanic population in Dallas has grown, so they would have five districts with a Hispanic majority.

    The deadline for the council to submit its final map to the Department of Justice for a fairness review is Oct. 15.

    The public will have a chance to give input on several proposed changes to the map. Go to City Hall on Saturday for a 3 p.m. special meeting in the Council Chambers.