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District boundary changes studied


April 20, 2011

Every ten years, after census data is received from the state, boundary lines that determine representation on the Snohomish County Council are redrawn to equalize population among the districts. The council has appointed four members to serve on the committee to redraw council district boundaries, with a fifth member to be selected jointly by the other four.

The county's two main political parties each submitted five names to the county council for consideration, and the two representatives were selected following interviews with the council members. Robert Chapman and Gregg Pratt of Snohomish will represent the Democratic Party, and Larry Stickney of Arlington and Jim Donner of Stanwood will represent the Republican Party.

"Drawing the district lines is a very important activity that ensures all residents receive equal representation regardless of where they live in Snohomish County," said council chair Dave Somers. "I appreciate these citizens volunteering their time to assist with this endeavor that will shape the county for the next decade."

The committee will hold its first meeting later this month to select the fifth member and to choose a districting master to provide the geographic and demographic expertise required to draw the boundaries. All meetings of the committee are open to the public. Links to the meetings and other relevant documents can be found on the County Auditor's webpage.

The committee will hold a public hearing on the recommended plan before submitting it to the County Council for adoption later this year.


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