Jan 18, 2011 11:00 PM by Shawn Kline

New Iberia City Council hopes Senate District 22 stays

Candidates are making a final push for the 22nd District State Senate seat. New Iberia City Council is making its push to keep that district from changing when senators redraw the lines in March.
When voters punch the name of one of six candidates on Saturday, they could indirectly be choosing what changes in their district.
"If we would be moved to a larger parish, we may not have the representation that we have today," New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry said.
"We'd hate to see it change." Councilmember Calvin Begnaud says, "we could have issues that we don't even know."
That's why the New Iberia City Council is asking state legislators to keep Senate District 22 the same.
"I'm not too sure what they're proposing even," Begnaud said.
"We have many commonalities." Curry says, "we've always worked well with St. Martin Parish and we'd like to continue that relationship."
"I'm not sure where they're going to put us." Begnaud says, "we're comfortable with what we have."
Councilmembers say if parts of Iberia Parish are merged with another senate district like Lafayette, voters may lose their senator.
It's an outcome Iberia and St. Martin Parishes don't want to see.
"Iberia Parish Government also submitted the same resolution (that we did)." Curry says, "so did St. Martin Parish Government so we're hoping our voices will be heard in Baton Rouge."
Voices in a Senate District, some fear is about to split.


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