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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:32 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

An organization of Republican officials filed suit Thursday afternoon, asking the California Supreme Court to overturn the new state Senate districts drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The new District 5, which includes Lodi, Galt, San Joaquin County and the Modesto area, has two announced candidates for the 2012 election — Republican Bill Berryhill, of Ceres, and Democrat Cathleen Galgiani, of Livingston.

David Gilliard, a consultant hired by a Republican group called Fairness & Accountability in Redistricting, claims that the commission violated its own constitutional requirements by not respecting city and county lines.

For example, Sacramento County’s population would generate approximately one Senate district, but instead, it has six districts within the county, Gilliard said.

Another issue Republicans saw with the new Senate maps is that Latinos were split into multiple districts in Santa Clara and Monterey counties and the San Fernando Valley, Gilliard added.

If the lawsuit is successful, Gilliard said, the California Supreme Court will redraw the lines for the 2012 elections only, and then the redistricting commission will draw new boundaries that will be in effect through 2020.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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