UPDATE: The plan was passed by the redistricting committee. See press release at bottom of post.
It looks like the CD may find itself in a new Congressional District. The state’s bipartisan redistricting commission has publicized a plan to fold the CD into the 9th district as a “Minority District” including southeast Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Renton and on down to Northern Tacoma. The 9th district is currently represented by Democrat Adam Smith. The Seattle Times has the story (linked below). Interestingly, the northern edge of the proposed 9th district appears to run down Madison, leaving Capitol Hill and possibly Madrona within the 7th district?
EDITOR’S UPDATE: According to the Times, the proposed new 9th District will be the only district in the state where racial minorities make up over 50 percent of the constituents (actually 50.33 percent):
That will happen by reshaping the 9th Congressional District, now represented by Democrat Adam Smith. The district will still include the north end of Tacoma, where Smith lives, but will now stretch north to include southeast Seattle, Renton, Bellevue and Mercer Island.
“The elected representative of this congressional district must fight to win our support by paying attention to the issues of our marginalized communities,” Nate Miles, of the United for Fair Representation coalition, composed of several civil-rights organizations, said in a statement.
UPDATE #2: Some people requested a more detailed view of the district boundary. Here’s a Google Map of the changes (via The Seattle Times). Looks like the commercial core of Madrona will be split, but most residents east of 35th will remain in the 7th District:
UPDATE #3(1/2/2012): The redistricting committee passed the plan (thanks for the tip Joanna). Here is a map of the version they passed (there are a few small changes in the CD).
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Press release from the committee: pr_010112