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Alamance County will be in a new congressional district for next year’s elections

New state house districts don’t propose much change except for two precincts

A state-level redistricting plan based on the results of last year’s federal census includes a few noteworthy changes to the legislative districts in Alamance County.

Under this plan, which was ratified on November 4, the county will remain split between the 63rd and the 64rd house districts. The plan nevertheless makes couple of adjustments to the border between the two districts.

According to the 64th’s representative, Republican Dennis Riddell, one of these changes involves the transfer of the North Thompson voting precinct from his district to the 63rd, which is currently represented by Democrat Ricky Hurtado. Meanwhile, the South Burlington precinct has been shifted from Hurtado’s district into Riddell’s.

An even more significant revision has occurred in the state’s 24th senate district, which currently encompasses all of Alamance County and the eastern reaches of Guilford. The state’s redistricting plan effectively swaps the territory in Guilford County for a portion of Randolph, while leaving Alamance County fully contained within the bounds of the 24th.

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Amy Scott Galey, a Republican who currently represents this state senate district, insists that she’ll make the best of this change in her constituency.

“I will be representing [eastern] Guilford County until the next election,” Galey went on to point out in an interview. “I have enjoyed representing Guilford County, and I look forward to learning more about Randolph County and their needs so I can represent them in the future.”

Yet, perhaps the most sweeping change in store for Alamance County concerns its Congressional representation.

Under the state’s redistricting plan, the county has been shifted, in its entirety, from the 13th to the 7th Congressional district. Alamance County originally found itself in the 13th district in 2019, following many years when it resided, in whole or part, within the 6th district.

As part of the 6th, area residents were long represented by the late Congressman Howard Coble and later by fellow Republican Mark Walker. The 13th district is currently represented by Republican Ted Budd, who has previously announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate when his current term runs out in 2022. The 7th district, meanwhile, is presently served by Republican David Rouzer of Johnston County. Rouzer will no longer live in the 7th under the state’s new redistricting plan.

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