Among the 29 proposed congressional district maps submitted to the citizens redistricting commission by members of the public are some that split Ada County, as do the current districts; some that put all of Ada County in District 1 while moving all of Canyon and Owyhee counties into District 2; some that try to avoid all county splits; and some that try to make the two districts very closely matched in population - one, C15 from Alex de la Torre, had them dead-even. “This plan essentially keeps the status quo as much as possible,” de la Torre wrote about his district plan. “Overall it is an incumbent protection plan.” Another plan, C13 from Larry Cravens, would avoid county splits, while coupling eastern and northern Idaho together in District 1, with Ada, Canyon, Elmore, Twin Falls and Owyhee counties in District 2; that would put current 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador in District 2, and current 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson in District 1. You can see all the plans here.
Commission Co-Chairman Evan Frasure said, “I want to compliment the public - they're following our requests. I hope they're this detailed when it comes to the legislative ones.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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