Everett Makes Case to Stay in 2nd Congressional District

May 26, 2011

Everett, Everett Government

Redistricting commission in Everett, WA

Members of the State redistricting commission listen to Everett's Pat McClain make the case for staying in the 2nd Congressional District.

 

Members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission came to Everett Community College last night to hear suggestions on how to re-draw both the Congressional districts as well as State Legislative districts. 13 people addressed the commission in person with another dozen or so participating online. Among them, Pat McClain from the city of Everett who carried the message from Mayor Ray Stephanson that Everett wants to remain in the 2nd District. The city cited Transportation – not only the interstate highway system but also rail, the Port of Everett and Paine Field. Employment – Everett provides an estimated 87,000 jobs including Boeing and high-tech, health care and government.  The Military – Naval Station Everett and its leadership in environmental and energy initiatives. Everett also listed Emergency Services, Arts and Culture, Education and Environmental stewardship as reasons to remain in the second district.

The Commission is adding a 10th Congressional District somewhere in the State and needs to trim about 87,000 people out of the second district to contribute to the new 10th. Everett’s unhappiness with the redistricting process back in the 80s led to a lawsuit that resulted in the formation of the Redistricting Commission. You have until August 15th to submit your ideas to the commission on how you’d draw the boundaries. Click here to get started. 

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