Finn Hill new district lines – Nov 1 is final opportunity to comment

As you may know, a committee was appointed earlier this year to redraw King County Council district lines in order to accommodate population growth in the County (mostly on the Eastside) and to ensure that districts encompass roughly equivalent numbers of residents (about 215,000 per district). A series of public hearings was held over the summer. You can view the proposed redistricting map here: http://your.kingcounty.gov/districting/plans/20111127/DistrictingMastersPlan-map-20111027.jpg

Last Thursday, the Districting Master submitted his redistricting plan to the committee. It recommends that Finn Hill be moved out of District 6 (which includes Kirkland, Bellevue and Mercer Island) and into District 1 (which includes Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest, Shorewood, North Seattle and a portion of Woodinville). See attached map.

Currently, Jane Hague represents District 6; she is running for re-election against challenger Richard Mitchell. Bob Ferguson, who is not up for re-election this year, represents District 1.

The public’s last opportunity to comment on the redistricting proposal is at a committee meeting tomorrow night, November 1, at 6:30pm, in the King County Council chambers. You can also comment online via the committee’s website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/districting/testimony.aspx. Comments are due by tomorrow, November 1.

Here is information on tomorrow’s meeting:

Tuesday, November 1 – Public Hearing

6:30-8:30 p.m.
King County Courthouse
Council Chambers, 10th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

I. Call to Order
II. The King County Council redistricting process
III. Overview of the proposed Districting Master’s Plan
IV. Public Hearing on the proposed Districting Master’s Plan
V. Adjourn

You can learn more on the committee’s website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/districting.aspx. And today’s Seattle Times article about redistricting is here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016652370_redistricting31m.html.

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