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Hearing to be held on redistricting

Gloucester supervisors will take on the issue of redistricting at a public hearing during the board’s meeting on Dec. 7.Supervisors voted unanimously to hold the hearing on its proposed redistricting plan during a work session Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

The need for redistricting comes from the results of the 2020 Census which showed the Petsworth and York magisterial districts were not within the parameters to be considered evenly populated.

The board was given two options for redistricting and decided to go with the first. The redistricting will slightly affect the Abingdon, Petsworth, Ware, and York districts.

Petsworth’s population experienced significant gains over the past decade (from 7,301 in 2010 to 7,632 in 2020), while York’s population decreased (8,292 to 7,920). Because Petsworth and York are not contiguous, the Abingdon and Ware districts will also have to be altered in order to allow for equal representation. Population in those two districts rem...

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