The committee tasked with redrawing the Jackson County Legislative districts has completed its work. The Reapportionment Committee presented maps outlining the new district boundaries to the County Legislature during its regular weekly meeting Monday, May 23.
The next election for the County Legislature will be in 2014, making the maps effective for the first time from a practical standpoint.
Reapportionment Committee co-chairs Tom Wyrsch and Gary Dusenberg made the presentation to the Legislature on May 23, basing it on an official report the committee filed four days earlier. The committee concluded its work more than three weeks ahead of the June 13 deadline it had to deliver a report to County Executive Mike Sanders.
The new district boundaries were adjusted to reflect population shifts as indicated in the 2010 United States Census. Wyrsch noted that each of the six Legislative districts will have a population between 112,000 and 113,000 citizens. County Legislators are also elected from three "at-large" districts of similar size, so that every citizen in Jackson County is represented by two County Legislators.
Sanders appointed the Reapportionment Committee in April. The Charter requires such a committee to be formed every 10 years to redraw districts when new Census data becomes available.
The six members of the committee unanimously approved the redrawn district maps that Legislators received May 23.
Noting that re-districting is often an "acrimonious" process, Sanders said, "Usually, there's nothing about it that's decided unanimously, except in the case of this committee and what it accomplished."
Dusenberg stressed, "All the citizens of Jackson County were well served in this process."
Members of the Reapportionment Committee:
? Sara (Sally) Miller District 1 (Republican)
? Ed Pendleton District 2 (Democrat)
? Keith Querry District 3 (Democrat)
? Tom Wyrsch District 4 (Democrat)
? Gary Dusenberg District 5 (Republican)
? David Stackelhouse District 6 (Republican)