Burien City Council Seeking Residents’ Opinions On Redistricting


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The Burien City Council announced Thursday (July 21) that they would “like to hear Burien residents’ opinions before the City offers input into the State and King County redistricting efforts.”

At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Council will be discussing possible positions on boundary changes to the City’s King County Council District and State Legislative and Congressional districts.

The District boundaries all need to change due to the new population figures from the 2010 U.S. Census. The State Redistricting Commission and the King County Districting Committee are charged with producing plans that provide balanced population numbers for all districts.

At the County level, Burien is currently located only in the 8th Council District. One of four proposals (see them here) that the County Districting Committee is considering would split the City between the 8th and 5th County Council Districts; in the other three Burien would remain only in the 8th District.

The city’s announcement adds:

“If Burien residents have a preference about being in one or two County Council districts, City Councilmembers would like to know.”

Here are the four different district maps being considered (click each image to see larger version):

At the State level, the City is currently located in three legislative districts: the 11th (currently served by Senator Margarita Prentice and Representative Bob Hasegawa and Zack Hudgins); the 33rd (Sen. Karen Keiser and Reps Tina Orwall and Dave Upthegrove), and 34th (Sen. Sharon Nelson; Reps Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon).

Burien’s representation in the United States Congress is currently provided by both Congressman Jim McDermott (7th District) and Congressman Adam Smith (9th District). With the state’s population growth allowing another Congressional district to be formed, all of the other districts’ boundaries must change.

The City Council would like to learn residents’ opinions on any changes to these district boundaries. Residents may attend the Council meeting on August 1 at 7 p.m. to offer comments or may send an e-mail message to [email protected]

The Web address to convey input directly to the State Redistricting Commission is http:www.redistricting.wa.gov and the Web address for the King County Districting Committee is here.

Here are links from the county’s website with more details:

We’re curious to find out what our Readers think – which plan do YOU like best, and why? Please leave a Comment below:

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One Response to “Burien City Council Seeking Residents’ Opinions On Redistricting”
  1. interested says:

    I’m thinking it would be good for Burien to be represented by two people at the County. So I like choice #1 the best.

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