New Maps

The county approved new county district maps for Pierce County Board of Commissioners and Pierce County Board of Education.

The Pierce County Commission and Board of Education both approved new county district maps at their regular meetings last week.

The school board approved their map at their work session Jan. 4. The school board moved up its work session two days to expedite the approval process for the maps. The county approved its map at its meeting Jan. 4.

The county and school board will keep four districts under the plan, but the size of the districts saw some changes this year.

The district maps must be reviewed and redrawn after every census.

The maps still have to pass judicial review and must be approved by this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly. They maps will be used in this year’s election cycle and will be in use until the next census in 2030.

The Southern Georgia Regional Commission drew the maps.

Once the maps are approved, all county registered voters will receive new precinct cards informing them of the district they will vote in.

All four districts will have roughly 4,900 residents. District 1 will be the largest with 4,996 and district three is the smallest with 4,902.

District 2 will be the smallest land wise owing to population density.

Under the proposed new map, District 2 will include most of Blackshear south and east of U.S. Highway 84 to College Avenue and the Lakeview Golf Course. The boundary will follow College Avenue and zig and zag around Midway Church Road and Bailey Roads to the area behind Farrs. The western boundary will be U.S. Highway 84 and the southern boundary will be the Satilla River/Ware County line.

The current District 2 is basically a triangle from Blackshear southward between U.S. Highway 84 and Georgia Highway 121.

The district is currently represented by Mike Streat on the county commission and Mitch Hall on the board of education.

District 1 will encompass U.S. Highway 84 west to Cason Road and north to Georgia Highway 203 including the Lee and Ware Street areas of Blackshear. The southern border will be the Satilla River and the Ware County line. and south to the Satilla River/Ware County line.

The district is currently represented by Harold Rozier Jr. on the county commission and Kirby Malone on the board of education.

District 3 will include half of the cities of Offerman and Patterson. U.S. Highway 84 will be the western boundary. The district will be bordered to the east by the Little Satilla River/Wayne and Brantley County lines and south and east to the Satilla River/Ware County line. The southwest boundary of the district will skirt along the city limits of Blackshear and will be bordered by College Avenue. Midway Church and Bailey Roads.

District 3 is currently represented by Randy Dixon on the county commission and Chip Griner on the school board.

District 4 encompasses is the largest by land mass and includes half of the cities of Offerman and Patterson and is bordered by U.S. Highway 84 on the east. The district stretches to the north to the Little Satilla River/Appling and Bacon County lines and to the southwest by the Satilla River/Ware County line. The southeastern border will be Cason Road and Georgia Highway 203.  The district will include all of Bristol and Mershon and the old Alabaha and Sunset-Sweat precincts.  

The district is represented by David Lowman on the county commission and Wendy Puryear on the board of education.  

District 1 has the highest minority population at 17.13 percent. District three has the smallest minority population at 2.84%.