Kodiak’s Chance to Comment on Redistricting

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redistricting-board-option1.jpgJacob Resneck/KMXT

Members of the State Redistricting Board will be in Kodiak Friday (this) afternoon to take public comment on competing plans to redraw the state’s House and Senate districts.

Kodiak’s Bob Brodie was appointed to the board by Senate President Gary Stevens. He notes there are two competing plans for the senate district, one of which would pair Kodiak with Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg the other would encompass much of the west side of the Kenai Peninsula almost as far as Soldotna..

More information on the proposals is available here .

— redistricting1 :52 "The biggest unknown is … extreme end of the panhandle."

Traveling with Brodie is the redistricting board’s chairman, John Torgerson, a former Republican legislator from Kasilof. Brodie says the board has broken up in groups of two to take comment from more than two dozen communities around Alaska.

redistricting2 :23 "Because there were so many … these two-person groups."

The board members will be in the Kodiak Island Borough assembly chambers tomorrow (this) afternoon. Brodie says people should make themselves heard.

— redistricting3 :26 "I would encourage … process for the next decade."

House and Senate districts are redrawn each decade following the publication of U.S. Census Data. Because of demographic shifts in Alaska, population is becoming more concentrated in the Railbelt especially the Mat-Su Borough, whereas coastal communities are seeing slow declines. The redistricting board is required to finalize a new map by June 14th

Public comment will be taken from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (today) in the borough assembly chambers.

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