HOLLISTER, Mo - The Branson area hopes to see an economic boost with the redrawing of state legislative boundaries. The old districts 143 and 62 will lose a lot of their more urban population in the Branson and Hollister area and will add a lot of geographical rural area.
That could make campaigning more difficult but could make the residents' voices more unified says Hollister City Administrator Rick Ziegenfuss.
"The legislative districts reflect the county's districts, so there is kind of a homogeneous political subdivision that is being formed there," said Ziegenfuss.
Ziegenfuss hopes that continues under the new representative.
"The legislators have an identity. Maynard Wallace was known as an educator and so he had that identity, and Lyle Rowland to some degree fits the same build. Don Phillips, a former state trooper, has a lot of public service ideas. I think the new district we have the potential for the voice of tourism."
Ziegenfuss feels that will boost economic growth in the new district 156.