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Marion County will be divided between two Kansas House of Representative districts after a panel of three federal judges issued new legislative district maps late Thursday. The county was the population center of its legislative district, but it will not be the population center in either of the districts it has been split into.

Previously the 70th District encompassed all of Marion and Chase counties and a northern portion of Butler County. With the new map, the 70th District will include all of Dickinson County, a small southwestern portion of Clay County, and roughly the northern half of Marion County, excluding Hillsboro. J. Robert Brookens of Marion is the incumbent in the district and has filed for reelection.

Hillsboro and the southern half of Marion County will now be part of the 74th District, which includes most of Harvey County, excluding Newton, and the southeast corner of McPherson County. The 74th District previously consisted of Harvey County except for Newton and all but the northeast quarter of McPherson County. Incumbent Don Schroeder of Hesston has filed for reelection.

John E. Barker of Abilene had previously filed for the race in the 68th District, which until the new maps were released included Abilene. It was unclear Friday whether he would continue his candidacy in the new 70th District.

Redistricting was required based on the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.

Last modified June 8, 2012

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