Edmonds would become part of the 7th Congressional District under an agreement announced Wednesday by Washington state’s bipartisan redistricting commission. The 7th District, currently seen as the state’s most liberal, is represented by long-time Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle.
According to our online news partner The Seattle Times, the 1st Congressional District, being vacated by Democrat Jay Inslee as he runs for governor, will be moved further north and east, and will be split just about evenly between Republican and Democratic-leaning communities. Click here to see a PDF of the commission map that outlines the plan, necessitated by the state’s population growth during the past decade.
“It may easily be the most evenly divided congressional district in the United States of America,” said former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, who negotiated the congressional maps with Democrat Tim Ceis, the former Seattle deputy mayor. The proposal includes creation of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, which will be anchored around Olympia.
The proposed maps aren’t final until approved by at least three of the four voting commissioners — two Democrats and two Republicans — which have until Saturday, Dec. 31 to do so.
For more details, see The Seattle Times story here.