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|West Monroe shifts to minority House district|
Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles showcasing the changes in state legislative district lines as this fall's elections near. The Legislature tackled redistricting legislative districts in a special legislative session earlier this year. Congressional and legislative district lines were redrawn to reflect population changes revealed in the 2010 Census.
By Scott Rogers
The biggest change for House District 17 during the special session on redistricting entailed the district being redrawn to include much of the area within the city limits of West Monroe.
A majority minority district, House District 17 is anchored in southern Monroe. It has been a majority minority district in the state House of Representatives since following the 1980 Census.
District 17 is represented by Rep. Rosalind Jones, D-Monroe. Jones announced earlier this year she would not be a candidate for re-election this fall.
The primary election is Oct. 22.
Former Monroe City School Board member Brenda Shelling and Monroe attorney Marcus Hunter, son of former Rep. Willie Hunter, have publicly declared their candidacies for the District 17 seat.
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