Redistricting discussed at public meeting last Tuesday

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Map of current Sweetwater County House/Senate districts and voter precincts.

Jena Doak, [email protected]

November 8, 2021 — States draft and legislate new district maps upon completion of every census year. This is called “redistricting.”

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A public comment redistricting meeting was held last Tuesday, November 2, at Rock Springs City Council Chambers. This is the beginning of the redistricting process.

Proposed changes in Rock Springs:

North Rock Springs has several thousand residents living inside the city limits. At present, they are in House District 18, which stretches across the county into both Lincoln County and Uinta County. (Please refer to map, above.) Their state senator is Fred Baldwin from Kemmerer. It has been this way since 2012.

“The proposed plan is a win for Rock Springs,” Wyoming House District 48 Representative, Clark Stith, said in an interview with Wyo4News. “Right now, North Rock Springs is currently populated with people from Lincoln County and Uinta County. Under this plan, they would likely be represented by someone from Rock Springs.”

Under the proposed plan, House District 18 would downsize, taking less of Sweetwater County. North Rock Springs would instead become part of Senate District 12, which is mostly Rock Springs. Senate 12 has two house districts: House 48 and House 17. Under the new proposed plan, House 48, which is now essentially East Rock Springs and a little bit of the Presidents Streets, would take in North Rock Springs. (Please refer to map, above.)

Wyoming District 12 Senator, John Kolb, sees it as a matter of mathematics.

“We have a plan that works mathematically. It solves a lot of problems and improves our local representation here in Sweetwater County,” Kolb said.

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In Green River:

The plan could potentially affect Green River negatively. Around 2000 people would end up being represented by someone in Lincoln County.

“This does mean that if you live on Flaming Gorge Way in Old Town Green River, that your state senator is most likely going to be from Kemmerer, and that is the unfortunate aspect of the plan,” Stith said.

Green River has House District 60 and House District 39, which make up Senate District 13. House District 18 in Lincoln County needs people. Under the proposed plan, the older part of Green River, which is subsection 10-1 of House District 60, would become part of House District 18 and Senate District 14 in Lincoln County. (Please refer to map, above.) However, constituents likely would not see a difference.

“As a practical matter, I try to represent my constituents the best I can, without regard to whether they live on a street in my district,” Stith said. “I think that is true anywhere in the county, that if someone from Sweetwater County contacts a legislator outside their district, we try to help them.”

Sweetwater County Treasurer Joe Barbuto is not in favor of the plan.

“It could be put in the hands of an independent commission who can work on it and who can be objective in their approach,” Barbuto said during the meeting.

The redistricting mapping portal can be found here.

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