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Redistricting plan moves SJC into new House district
San Jacinto News- Times
AUSTIN – The Texas House approved new member districts last week that will shift San Jacinto County out of Rep. James White’s District 12 and into District 18 held by Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton). The new proposed District 18 includes Walker, San Jacinto and Liberty counties and part of Jefferson County. O t t o said last T h u r s - day he discovered the l a r g e g r o w t h in Montgomery C o u n t y based on the 2010 Census would mean he would not be able to keep his district intact. “Because of what they had to do in East Texas with other representatives, it forced me west,” Otto said. “I was shown four options. One included Liberty, Polk and Hardin counties; another was Liberty, Polk, San Jacinto and Trinity; then one was Liberty and Jefferson counties that paired me with Rep. Allen Ritter and the last one was Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties. “This is just the House version,” Otto added. “The Senate has to pass and the governor has to sign it and we know there will be court challenges. This is not by any defi nition the fi nal map. It’s just what the House passed last night.” White currently serves District 12 which includes Angelina, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler counties. His new District 19 will take in Polk, Tyler, Hardin, Jasper and Newton counties. Otto was fi rst elected to represent HD-18 in 2005. He currently sits on the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees and has held previous posts on the Redistricting and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He is a certifi ed public accountant and received his accounting degree from Texas A & M University. He is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition and lives in Dayton with his wife Nancy.