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Redistricting: the next step
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on Jun 2, 2011
Redistricting workshops are over and supervisors have input to interpret, likely to their own political interests, in making redistricting decisions that offer them maximum voter support in coming elections. It is the positions of many, 'As voters, we do not just vote every four years and let supervisors proceed with their own agendas. We expect representation of our immediate will and interests every day. Such commentary reflects a general distrust in county government's redistricting creating any improvement in interaction, consideration and mitigation to the will and interests of Contra Costans. For supervisors, county redistricting has a greater role than just determining boundaries. With trust in county government at its lowest point, redistricting must fully seek commonality of communities' interests and support a desired political voice in government. Once district boundaries are determined, supervisors will need to fully represent the immediate will and interests of the residents of their districts if trust in county government is to return.
Your readers will have an opportunity to see supervisors' redistricting processes in action later this month, June 21 and 28, as boundaries determine voter selection for campaigns going forward in this decade. The result will determine boundaries for who will vote, but supervisors' interaction with communities and neighborhoods will determine how voters will vote.