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Biloxi mayor wants ward lines to better reflect population shift

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

New ward lines in the City of Biloxi to be used in the next election. That's what Mayor A.J. Holloway said he wants to see.

"What these ward lines are gonna show is the shift in population that we've seen since the last census in the year 2000," said Mayor Holloway.

The study shows that the number of residents living in East Biloxi started to migrate to West Biloxi.

From there the majority of citizens were moving towards North Biloxi.

"What Hurricane Katrina did, is it sped that up exponentially. You can drive around on Point Cadet in East Biloxi right now and you can see that there just haven't been a lot of people who have returned there" Mayor Holloway said.

And like the protocol for any other city, when there are major shifts in population-changes must be made.

"So what these new ward lines are going to do is, they're going to reflect where people live. We want to have each city council member representing just about the same number of people," Mayor Holloway explained.

Though there's no need to panic over the change, citizens may begin noticing the difference.

"It could mean that the next city election, it could be that they might be voting in a different place. But that's all to be worked out," said Mayor Holloway.

City Spokesman Vincent Creel said ultimately the change is a small part of a much bigger picture.

Every ten years the United States is constitutionally required to take a census account of the people who live in the country.

The census helps define the congressional voting districts, it helps define the voting districts in the state capitol and on city and county government."

Before any major changes go into effect, there will be several public hearings.

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