City of Knox to Create New Districts

Back Row: Greg Matt, Mayor Rick Chambers, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Donald Kring, City Attorney David Matsey. Front Row: Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Ron Parker

The City of Knox has to create an ordinance establishing new districts before December 31st, 2012. The new districts have to be changed if new precincts are created.

City Attorney David Matsey said new districts do not have to be established because of population shifts as everyone votes for all council members regardless of districts. Some districts have double the population count as others, as the maps are drawn geographically.

Matsey said he will contact Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski and members of the election board to see if there are plans to create different precincts in Knox. If not, the same districts can be approved.

Candidates run by districts, but voters vote for all candidates for the City Council and Mayor.