Redistricting: A Discussion with Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum
Mon, 06/13/2011 - 11:28am by Debbie G.
Following the US Census every ten years, new lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts, county commission districts, and city council wards. We recently sat down with Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum, one of five members of the County Apportionment Commission to discuss the process of re-drawing the lines and the final plan that reduces the number of County Commission seats from 11 to 9. In this wide-ranging discussion Mr. Kestenbaum discusses the history of redistricting and politics in the county and the state as well as the likely scenarios for candidates in the newly combined commissioner districts. As many of you know, Mr. Kestenbaum also hosts one of the best (and funniest) political junkie websites out there, The Political Graveyard.
On Thursday, June 16th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, the AADL will host a panel discussion, Redistricting: It Matters to All of Us that will include include Mr. Kestenbaum, Jacqueline Beaudry, Ann Arbor City Clerk; Rep. Jeff Irwin, State Representative, 53rd District and Rep. Mark Ouimet, State Representative, 52nd District.
Here's the <a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/county-apportionmen… Apportionment Commission</a> web site, and the <a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/apportionment-commi… district plan</a> (PDF).
redrawing the lines must be a pain
This process is fascinating - wish I could have made it to the panel.
Thanks for noting the site too. Will check it out