INTERVIEW: District line changes create interesting races

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The lines have officially changed and that means who is representing you now in the General Assembly could change next year. And that means a couple of interesting races leading up to the elections this fall.

Paul Brockwell from the Virginia Public Access Project joined First at Four now to break down two key seats in the Richmond area.

RYAN: A lot of areas changed around the state but there are a couple that could have impact on the fall elections and we want to talk about two. First Senate District 10, currently represented by John Watkins. Right now this is a sprawling district that goes out into rural counties, Goochland and Cumberland. Paul, this will become distinctly more urban.

PAUL BROCKWELL: Exactly. This district has condensed down to Powhatan County and spread eastward into Richmond and it picked up areas like Maymont Park, Monroe Ward, VCU's Monroe Park Campus. It lost some areas in the west end including Windsor Farms and a city block bound by Boulevard, Park, Shields, and Main Street.

RYAN: And it's become a little more Democratic, so if you live in those parts of the Fan, you're probably going to have a new representative next year.

PAUL BROCKWELL: That's exactly right. It's become about 7.5% Democratic according to our index based off the 2009 gubernatorial race.

RYAN: And represented by a Republican now in John Watkins who has been there and while and is relatively popular. Let's move to the House of Delegates and House District 73, which is held by John O'Bannon, who faced a spirited run in 2009, his district now takes up more of Henrico and is more Republican.

PAUL BROCKWELL: That's correct. It became 3.9% more Republican according to our index, again based off the 2009 election and his district spread west towards the Henrico County border and lost some of its eastward description Parham Road and J. Sergeant Reynolds.

RYAN: If you live in these districts, it's important to go to the maps and see if it impacts you. Thanks for joining us.

PAUL BROCKWELL: Thanks for having me. Take care.

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