Redistricting panel OKs reshaped King County Council districts

November 17, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011

King County’s reshaped political map keeps Issaquah in the same County Council district, even as the citizen panel responsible for the updated map made significant changes elsewhere.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the council-appointed  King County Districting Committee approved the updated boundaries. The reshaped map is effective immediately, although the impact of the changes might not be evident until after the 2012 elections.

Issaquah remains in Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3. The committee kept the rural communities south of city limits in Councilman Reagan Dunn’s District 9.

The committee’s decision followed a 10-month process, after members collected ideas and input from the public in a meetings throughout the county.

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King County Districting Committee reschedules public hearing

October 25, 2011

The panel responsible for redrawing King County Council districts rescheduled a public hearing regarding a proposed map to next month.

King County Districting Committee members planned to meet Oct. 3, but rescheduled the meeting to Nov. 1 to allow residents and city councils more time to review the plan and offer comments.

Citizens can attend the rescheduled hearing at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

Residents can also submit comments to the committee at www.kingcounty.gov/operations/districting/testimony until Nov. 1.

In a unanimous decision late last month, committee members agreed to release a final proposal for public comment and review. The plan must be approved by Jan. 15 for the 2012 elections.

The committee’s proposed map keeps Issaquah proper inside Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3 and rural areas outside city limits in Councilman Reagan Dunn’s District 9.

Issaquah remains in same County Council district under proposal

September 27, 2011

Issaquah remains in the same King County Council district under a plan released Sept. 27 from the citizen panel responsible for redrawing the local political map.

The proposal, like the existing arrangement, keeps Issaquah proper inside District 3 and most rural areas south of city limits in District 9. The plan also shifts some areas southeast of Issaquah from District 9 into District 3.

The proposal for redrawn King County Council districts keeps Issaquah in District 3. Contributed

(The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member.)

In a unanimous decision Sept. 26, King County Districting Committee members agreed to release a final proposal for public comment and review. The plan must be approved by Jan. 15 for the 2012 elections.

Under the law, districts must be drawn as contiguous areas and be as nearly equal in population as possible. The population data cannot be used to favor or disadvantage any racial group or political party.

“This redistricting plan was carefully drafted to balance population, meet legal requirements and incorporate the public input we received,” committee Chairman Terrence Carroll, a retired King County Superior Court judge, said in a statement. “I greatly appreciate the committee members’ hard work and their willingness to come together to find solutions that serve the people of King County.”

Citizens can comment on the proposal at a public hearing Nov. 1. The committee gathered input at a series of public meetings before releasing the proposal. The next hearing is the last step before the committee acts on the proposed map.

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Issaquah remains in same County Council district under proposal

September 21, 2011

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011

Issaquah remains in the same King County Council district under a plan released Tuesday from the citizen panel responsible for redrawing the local political map.

The plan keeps Issaquah proper inside District 3 and rural areas south of city limits in District 9. The proposal mirrors the existing arrangement.

(The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member.)

In a unanimous decision Monday, King County Districting Committee members agreed to release a final proposal for public comment and review. The plan must be approved by Jan. 15 for the 2012 elections.

Under law, districts must be drawn as contiguous areas and to be as nearly equal in population as possible. The population data cannot be used to favor or disadvantage any racial group or political party.

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King County Districting Committee proposes changes for Issaquah

July 5, 2011

The electoral map could look different for Issaquah voters in November 2012.

In January, King County Council members appointed a team of community leaders to update the map for representation in county government. The team delivered a series of proposals late last month to reflect population changes recorded in the 2010 Census.

“It’s very interesting to see the demographics and to see the changes in our county,” said Terrence Carroll, committee chairman and a retired King County judge.

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Committee hosts meeting on county redistricting

June 28, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County Council districts is holding a series of meetings to gather public input.

In January, the council appointed members to the King County Districting Committee, the group responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data.

Though the committee is not hosting a meeting in Issaquah, residents can offer input on redistricting at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E., at 6:30 p.m. June 30.

Both Issaquah-area districts — 3 and 9 — experienced widespread population increases since 2000 and, as a result, could undergo significant boundary changes.

The committee unveiled proposals June 20 to shift Issaquah into District 6, split the city between districts 3 and 9, or maintain a map similar to the status quo.

Committee members received public input at community meetings in early May.

The county committee is only responsible for redrawing council districts. The separate state Redistricting Commission is responsible for redrawing legislative and congressional districts.

King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader

February 15, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Feb. 7.

Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and a Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

The retired judge leads a four-member panel appointed by King County Council members. Under the county charter, the appointed Districting Committee members had to select a fifth person to serve as a chairperson.

Carroll specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has heard more than 3,000 mediations and 1,000 arbitrations in the past 20 years. He has also served as a deputy prosecutor, a public defender and a private-practice attorney.

The council appointed the initial members last month to the King County Districting Committee, the group responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data.

The county charter grants the authority for adopting a final districting map to the citizen Districting Committee, not the County Council.

The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member. Districts 3 and 9 — the Issaquah-area districts — could be shifted as the citizen committee starts to sift through population data.

King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader

February 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Monday.

Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

The retired judge leads a four-member panel appointed by King County Council members. Under the county charter, the appointed Districting Committee members had to select a fifth person to serve as a chairperson.

Carroll specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has heard more than 3,000 mediations and 1,000 arbitrations during the past 20 years. The chairman has also served as a deputy prosecutor, a public defender and a private-practice attorney.

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King County Council appoints citizens to redraw districts

January 25, 2011

King County Council members appointed a team of community leaders last week to update the map for representation in county government.

The council appointed four members Jan. 18 to the King County Districting Committee, the citizen committee responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data. The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member.

“Redistricting is a challenging, time-consuming process that is vital to ensuring our residents are fairly represented,” Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “We are grateful that these four highly-qualified community members are willing to provide their service to King County.”

Dunn represents District 9 on the nine-member council. The district encompasses the rural area near Issaquah, plus Newcastle, Maple Valley and areas inside Bellevue and Renton.

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County Council appoints citizens to redraw districts

January 19, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2011

King County Council members appointed a team of community leaders Tuesday to update the map for representation in county government.

The council appointed four members to the King County Districting Committee, the citizen committee responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data.

“Redistricting is a challenging, time-consuming process that is vital to ensuring our residents are fairly represented,” Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “We are grateful that these four highly-qualified community members are willing to provide their service to King County.”

Dunn represents District 9 on the nine-member council. The district encompasses the rural area near Issaquah, plus Newcastle, Maple Valley and areas inside Bellevue and Renton.

Issaquah proper is inside District 3. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert represents District 3. The northeastern King County district is the largest in the county.

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