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Wed., July 13, 2011, 6:12 p.m.

Redistricting hearing in Meridian: Consider Latino community, Idaho’s largest minority

First up to testify to the Idaho Citizens Redistricting Commission tonight at its final public hearing - its 14th - in Meridian is Alex Zamora, a middle school counselor in Caldwell, Wilder resident and lifelong Idahoan. "Eleven percent of the state is Latino," Zamora told the commissioners. "There is a need for this group to be specifically considered in this process. ... There are specific areas in which the population is concentrated. It is these areas that need to stay in the same districts." He noted communities around the state with very high percentages of Latinos, well above 25 percent. "Creating new lines that allow this community to maintain its political integrity is essential and fair," Zamora said.

You can listen live to the hearing here.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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