State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) has concerns over a proposed plan to divvy up Texas’ House of Representative districts, a plan which would pit him against another longtime GOP incumbent.
“I do not see this as the right course at this time and I feel we can do a better job as we move through the process,” Flynn said.
The House is scheduled to consider the proposal after returning from the Easter weekend holiday.
Flynn represents House District 2, which also includes Rains and Van Zandt counties. Under the proposal released last week by Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, Hunt County would still be included under House District 2, but would be joined by Hopkins and Van Zandt counties.
Rains County would be shifted to House District 5, which would also include Camp, Morris, Titus and about one-half of Smith counties.
Hopkins County is currently included under House District 3, and is represented by State Rep. Erwin Cain (R-Sulphur Springs).
If Solomons’ plan is adopted, Flynn would be facing Cain in the 2012 GOP primary, if both decided to see re-election.
“Our office has received many calls and letters from the district expressing concerns of protectionism and seemingly targets on the backs of some members,” Flynn said. “However, I plan to work with my fellow colleagues as we work to develop a fair map that will properly represent the views of East Texans.”
Flynn said there have also been several maps that have been drawn that have no one paired in the East Texas area.
“I am looking forward to working with leadership and all of my colleagues to come up with a redistricting plan that will truly reflect a fair representation of the people of Texas and still comply with the law,” Flynn said.