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.

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One Response to “Issaquah remains in Dave Reichert’s district under proposed congressional map”

  1. Sally on December 31st, 2011 6:14 am

    They wanted to protect Reichert’s position and have they ever. This guarentees that Issaquah will forever be non represented forever as the likes of Yakima and Spokane. Non thinking, non creative, non self starting regressives. I am beside myself with grief. How can Issaquah who is striving to become the next big city identify with Cle Elum or Ellensburg? It is bad enough yo be lined up with MV and Auburn. I fell so cheated and we will now be represented forever by a regressive. What a crock. All to save the position of ineptness.

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