TOPEKA -- New maps drawn up in the Kansas legislature keep the City of Lawrence in one district for the next decade. It had been split between Districts 1 and 2 in the previous map.
Now the redistricting splits Topeka in half.. with the heart of the Capital City in the Big District 1, and residents northwest of I-70 and southwest of I-470 remaining in District 2.
The following are quotes from District 6 Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker, Mayor Bill Bunten, and Interim City Manager Dan Stanley regarding the Kansas House’s vote Wednesday to split Topeka’s Congressional representation through remapping changes it is proposing to the Senate and Governor.
Councilman Manspeaker: “I am disappointed that the Kansas Legislature thinks splitting a First Class city in half is a good idea. We need to protect our community of interest.”
Interim City Manager Dan Stanley: “The City government supports our Topeka Legislative delegation’s tenacious efforts in standing firm to keep our community whole by opposing dividing the community among two Congressional districts.”
Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten: “We don’t have much in common with Colby, Medicine Lodge, or Phillipsburg. I think it would dilute our influence in Congress as the Capital City by splitting us down the middle. You shouldn’t split up the Capital City. We should only have one representative committed to us.”