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Council member Tommy Wells speaks to frustrated residents at a council hearing on redistricting Thursday.
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Council member Tommy Wells speaks to frustrated residents at a council hearing on redistricting Thursday.

Several dozen residents of a neighborhood on Capitol Hill packed the tiny room to express their displeasure at the possibility of no longer being considered part of Ward 6.

And while redistricting can get residents riled up, the same is true for council members affected by the process. Council member Tommy Wells represents Ward 6 and is not part of the redistricting effort. He says having other council members on the redistricting committee who have wards in play ruins the integrity of the process. He called it gerrymandering.

The hearing ended on a low note, with Council member Marion Barry demanding to speak, the others ignoring him and finally cutting his mic off. TBD has a video of the interaction.

The full council takes up the issue in June.

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