Thu., June 23, 2011 5:00pm (EDT)

Black Officials Study Redistricting
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
State Representative Tyrone Brooks is President of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.  (photo Georgia General Assembly)
State Representative Tyrone Brooks is President of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. (photo Georgia General Assembly)
Georgia's black elected officials are focused on redistricting at their annual meeting in Savannah.

The caucus is hoping to hold onto vulnerable seats.

South Georgia is expected to come under pressure when a special legislative session meets in August to re-draw political lines.

That's because the last Census showed the region in some parts didn't grow as fast as Metro Atlanta and in other parts actually shrank population.

Atlanta Democrat Tyrone Brooks says, he hopes majority Republicans won't target black lawmakers as they divide South Georgia districts.

"We hope and pray that Democrats and Republicans can agree that there will be no loss of representation on the minority side," Brooks says. "We understand the politics of redistricting and we understand it clearly. We just hope that in the fallout, the African-American lawmakers who are in power today will not be so drastically affected that they will be drawn out of their district or merged into the same district."

Brooks says, potential losses to minority representation in the south could be offset by gains in Metro Atlanta.

The weekend meeting of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials also plans to honor former Atlanta Mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young.