MESA COUNTY, Colo.
Colorado’s nonpartisan redistricting commission met discussing the future division of the 64 counties making up the state in the first of three map proposals required by the constitution. State Representative, Janice Rich (R) for District 55 says, “We’re a representative government and I believe, if you have communities of interest together, then you are going to have a more fair representation.”
This once in a decade process using census data will be adding an 8th District and new seat to the state and the first proposed map would split the Western Slope into two districts. ‘The way this newest map looks for the congressional district, I don’t personally see the community of interest when you connect Boulder with the Western Slope,” said State Representative Rich.
Colorado congressional districts have been separated in an east to west divide, but according to the will of the redistricting commission, and the population needed to reach the ideal district size, the state might be seeing a brand new Southern Congressional District 3 with 26 counties. Managing Attorney, Jeremiah Barry says, “We chose to include in that a portion of Garfield County including the town of Glenwood Springs.”
Mesa, Delta and Montrose Counties will remain in District 3 under the current proposed map and the Colorado Supreme Court must approve the redistricting congressional map by September 28, if everything goes according to plan. “As nonpartisan staff, we don’t want our third un-amended plan to go to the Supreme Court,” said Barry.
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