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Fair redistricting necessary

Posted: April 16, 2011 - 10:26pm

The Alaska Redistricting Board appears to be intent on supporting certain incumbents rather than striving for compact, contiguous districts, as required by state law, that fairly represent SE folks, including villages.

Due to population changes, SE will now have four equal districts.

These should be Districts 1, 2, 3, & 4 and Senate Seats A & B.

Sitka needs to remain whole. As many villages as possible should be combined with Sitka to give the villages in SE the best possible cohesive voice.

Haines should be joined with Skagway, can include part of North Juneau, and also include several rural communities that are geographically close to them in northern SE. Splitting Haines from Skagway is wrong.

Eliminating HD2 from SE and pairing Ketchikan (HD1) with either Kodiak or Cordova/Valdez as the new HD2 is wrong. Makes much more sense to pair Ketchikan with Sitka and the villages. And to pair Kodiak with Cordova/Valdez.

Also, it’s time for HD6 (interior Bush district) to become HD5 and be paired with the more logical choice of another rural interior Bush district to maintain a minority majority Senate District that revolves around Fairbanks and makes sense to the people in that region.

Kathleen Menke

Haines

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