The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

May 7, 2014

New district lines factor into council race

Reese, Dodge look for strength in precincts

ANDERSON — Fresh off of a primary win for Madison County Council's District 3 seat, Democrat Fred Reese is looking for another win in the November general election.

This will be the first general election since the council district boundaries were redrawn in 2011.

District 3's current councilman is John Bostic Jr., who decided to run for the Anderson Township advisory board instead of defending his seat. He said he didn't run because the new district lines put him and fellow council member Buddy Patterson in the same district.

Bostic thought the district favored Patterson more, so he decided to bow out and let Patterson run. But Patterson chose not to run for the seat either, leaving the district without an incumbent.

He's happy someone like Reese got the Democratic Party nomination. Bostic said he's known Reese for years and thinks he is a great choice to serve on the county council if he can defeat Republican candidate Jim Dodge in the fall.

"I was very excited to see him win," Bostic said. "I think he will be a great representative."

Bostic said he hasn't looked at all the numbers but he thinks the new district boundaries will favor Reese in the November election.

"I think Fred is running in a more Democratic district now," Bostic said. "He's got a good shot to be successful."

Reese said, "I think historically, those are Democratic wards. And it doesn't hurt to have lived in that area your whole life."

Dodge, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, said he will have his work cut out for him in the general election.

"I think anybody can win on any given day in this district," Dodge said. "But I think it's going to be one I have to work pretty hard at."

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