The Number One question I’ve gotten since announcing my candidacy in District 3 is: “Where is District 3?”
It’s confusing. A lot of people don’t know which district they live in, let alone which precinct. It’s especially complicated now that we vote in Vote Centers around the city. But District 3 is in the heart of the city. Slightly east and slightly south of downtown.
The easiest way to figure it out, of course, is if Bruce Wissel was on your Common Council ballot in any of the elections over the past 23 years, you’re in District 3. If Clay Miller (or Karl Sharp before Clay) was on your ballot, you’re in District 4.
If Doug Goss was on the ballot, you’re in District 1, Kelley Cruse-Nicholson, you’re in 2, Gary Turner (or Larry Parker before him) you’re in 6 and Jeff Locke (Don Winget or Bing Welch in years past) you’re in District 5.
But if you really want to know, District 3 is the squarest of districts in the city. District 4 encompasses the city’s east side. District 1 snakes around the city’s southern expanse from Wernle Children’s Home past Elks Country Club, all the way to Earlham College.
District 2 snakes through the heart of the city, including the downtown district, running along the Whitewater Gorge from South Q and Eighth streets north to Spring Grove.
District 6 covers the city’s west side, from Sim Hodgin and North West G west to the city limits, skipping Earlham College and Richmond High School, picking up at Clear Creek and including Hidden Valley.
District 5 sprawls across the city’s northwest side, including the Saddlebrook and Oak Park neighborhoods, up to the Reid, IU East and Ivy Tech campuses, west to the Midwest Industrial Park and south to the Wayne County Fairgrounds and the Richmond State Hospital.
But District 3 is a little easier to define. It includes one precinct north of East Main, running to Railroad Street on the north from North 12th to 20th.
District 3 also extends south of Main Street from South 17th to 30th. It is bordered on the south by South L Street and includes the Reeveston and Meadow Park neighborhoods and the area around Charles School.
It also includes the Genesis apartments and the city’s Southview Geier Apartments.
I hope this helps. Wherever you live in the city please consider getting out to register and vote in the May 7 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my web page or on Facebook.