Next time you vote in Charleston, take a close look at your ballot. The upcoming election will be the first one since the City Council approved a plan to re-district.
Some incumbent candidates running for Charleston City Council will have new residents in their wards.
The city's re-districting plan brought the city's wards up to date with the latest census numbers, making sure the wards are equally represented. As a result, some wards gained new residents while other wards lost residents. But that's not stopping incumbent candidates from running again. Councilman Bobby Reishner says he plans to run and the new wards just mean he will have to work a little hard to get re-elected.
“I think you have to get out there and work,” said Reishner. “I don't think you can sit back and say I have been a council member for a number of years and I don't have to do it anymore. I think that means you have to get out there and work a little bit more."
Reishner also says candidates must work to meet the new residents in their wards.
There's still plenty of time for residents to get to know the candidates.
The new wards will pit some city council members against each other if they decide to run again. The filing period ends on December 15th.