Friday, October 14, 2011

Commission Agrees on New Districts; Incumbents Will Need to Face Off

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Version 2 of the Idaho Redistricting Commission accomplished in short order what the first panel failed to do after wrangling through much of the summer: slice up Idaho into new legislative districts.

The commission unanimously approved a new plan, formally known as L-87. The plan splits 11 counties and will result in the probability of several incumbent lawmakers having to run against one another as they have landed in the new districts together.

In the Treasure Valley, the redrawn District 16 could see Republican Sen. John Andreason pitted against Democratic Sen. Les Bock, both of Boise. In the same district, Republican Rep. Max Black may have to run against Democratic Reps. Grant Burgoyne or Elfreda Higgins.

In District 20, incumbent Republican Sens. Shirley McKague and Chuck Winder would have to face off.

In the new District 8, Republican Reps. Carlos Bilbao, Judy Boyle, Lawerence Denney (House Speaker), Ken Roberts and Steve Thayn would have to face off for two seats.

You can see the new proposed districts here: Redistrict_.pdf

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