Issaquah remains in Dave Reichert’s district under proposed congressional map
December 28, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 12:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2011
Issaquah remains in U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s district and some Issaquah School District communities shift to another district as the state panel responsible for a redrawn political map shifts boundaries to create a congressional district centered in Olympia.
In a plan unveiled Wednesday, Washington State Redistricting Commission members Tim Ceis and Slade Gorton proposed a 10th Congressional District based in the capital city and a 9th Congressional District stretching from Tacoma to Bellevue.
The proposed 9th District encompasses Newcastle in the Issaquah School District. Tacoma Democrat Adam Smith represents the 9th District in Congress.
Under the redrawn map, Issaquah remains in a redrawn 8th Congressional District alongside other cities contained inside existing district boundaries — North Bend, Sammamish and Snoqualmie — plus Pierce, Chelan and Kittitas counties. The proposal stretches the district from South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County.
Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, has represented the district since 2005.
The commission is allowed to work until Jan. 1. Members intended to complete the redistricting process last month, but commissioners continue to iron out details. If the commission fails to create maps by the January deadline, then the state Supreme Court is responsible for redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
The bipartisan redistricting commission includes voting members — Democrats Ceis, a former Seattle deputy mayor; and Dean Foster, a former chief clerk for the state House of Representatives; and Republicans Gorton, a former U.S. senator, and Tom Huff, a former state budget chairman — and a nonvoting chairwoman, Lura Powell, former director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Commissioners assembled the proposed districts using data from the 2010 Census. Washington’s population growth in the last decade mean the state is poised to add a 10th seat in the House of Representatives after the November 2012 election.
Washington voters established the Washington State Redistricting Commission in 1983 to establish voting boundaries through a bipartisan process.