One of the minority groups which filed suit against the state over recently drawn Congressional redistricting maps, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said maps released by federal judges Wednesday will increase Latino electoral representation. MALDEF sued the state in July.

In a release MALDEF writes:


"Today, MALDEF’s tireless efforts in Texas federal courts have resulted in a court-proposed plan that promises increased Latino electoral opportunity throughout the state. A panel of federal judges in San Antonio has released a new redistricting plan that will improve representation for Texas Latinos, including the creation of an additional Latino opportunity district in South Texas. A Latino opportunity district is a district that includes a sufficient number of Latino voters to enable them to elect a candidate of their choice."

In its press release, MALDEF writes about Congressional District 35. That was the district incumbent Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, was running in against State Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio. The preliminary interim maps give Doggett his district back and create CD35, in which Castro will likely continue to run.


"Congressional district (CD 35) along the I-35 corridor in South Texas will afford Latinos the opportunity to elect their candidate of choice," MALDEF writes. "At trial, MALDEF argued that the significant population growth in this region warranted the addition of a congressional district in this area."

MALDEF is also happy about the creation of CD 33 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, CD 27 in South Texas and CD 23 in West Texas which were changed during redistricting.