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New city council maps narrowly pass committee with claims that county 'strong-armed' city

Olivia Herken, La Crosse Tribune, 11.3.21 | Published on 11/5/2021


City officials have stated they aren’t “in love” with the current maps, but found they were a compromise given the condensed timeline caused by late census data amid the pandemic.
Council member Chris Kahlow, who is one of three members who would be moved out of their existing districts with the new maps, voted against the resolution saying the county implemented unfair guidelines for the city.
“I don’t feel that the city Redistricting Committee had enough time, and were somewhat strong-armed into making a decision that maybe we weren’t all comfortable with,” Kahlow said.