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It’s been about three months since the city of Selma started moving toward district elections, but this week the council voted to start the process all over again.

 

In a 3-2 vote, the Selma City Council amended the resolution it passed in July to create five city council districts with a revolving mayor. Now, the council wants four districts and an at-large elected mayor.  

 

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

The Selma City Council is torn between choosing a district map the community supports or picking one that keeps members from running against each other. 

 

At Monday night’s regular meeting, the council cast votes on a map created by the company it hired, the National Demographics Corporation (or NDC), and a map drawn by a community member. The vote was split because Council Member Jim Avalos abstained.

 

“I need more time to talk to the public,” Avalos said. “I need more time to analyze these maps.”

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

The Selma City Council wants to change the way people vote for council members by creating districts versus at-large voting. But mapping those districts is a complicated process and community and council members have different ideas on how to make it fair.

The first set of district maps that were shown to the five-member council drew controversy at this week's meeting.