Judicial districts won’t see changes in coming election

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By Beth Braden

The state’s judicial districts will remain the same after the state house of representatives failed to pass a measure to change some of the boundaries.
The news is welcome to state Rep. Dennis Powers and 8th Judicial District Attorney Lori Phillips-Jones. When the measure was first considered, Campbell County was on the list for potential changes – the first since 1984.
“Everyone I had talked to was in favor of not changing the district. Everything was kind of set up with the drug court and CASA (court-appointed special advocates),” said Powers. “It was really going to affect them in a negative way.”
The system functions well in the eighth district, Phillips-Jones said. The judges, attorneys, court advocates and court clerks all have good working relationships.  
“From are perspective things here are going great,” she said.
In time, redistricting may be needed, according to Powers, but it is a decision not to be taken lightly.
“I think it’s probably going to be a good thing down the line, but it’s something we need to do a lot more research on,” he said.
Powers voted against redistricting.
The eighth district serves 132,064 residents across five counties – Campbell, Claiborne, Scott, Union and Fentress.