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Census numbers will cost south GA seats in the Gen. Assembly

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Southwest Georgia will lose seats in the General Assembly because of new census numbers.

The numbers show population declined in only 31 of Georgia's 159 counties over the last ten years, but 17 of them are in south Georgia. The largest growth is around Atlanta. A special session in August will help redraw district lines and south Georgia Representative say there's no doubt south Georgia will lose seats.

"Whatever we lose, Atlanta will be getting and that's a major concern that I have because that means with more representatives there influencing the state and their influence in what happens in the state becomes stronger and stronger," said Rep. Mike Cheokas, (R)-Americus.

Thirty-six counties had growth of at least 25-percent. In our region those with growth that large were Dooley, Lanier, Schley, and Telfair.


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