A dramatic shift in population density in Kiowa County, due to the May 2007 Greensburg tornado, has county commissioners discussing redistricting for the next election. With an estimated 700 residents displaced, the make-up of the three districts in the county has changed. According to U.S. Census figures, the population in Kiowa county has been steadily declining since 1910, when the population was 6,174. However, the biggest decline has occurred, not surprisingly, in the years between 2000 and 2010.
“I don’t know how that [redistricting] will affect the county but it will open up the possibility of new candidates,” said [County Commissioner John] Unruh on Monday afternoon. “I think we could have new types of candidates that could run for the open positions this fall. It is definitely a major change in the demographics of my district, with Greensburg losing half of its population and the lines moving to the East. Those folks were all in my district and I guess a lot of them will now be in the Greensburg district. It will certainly change the dynamics of the [2014 election] as well.”
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