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Fri., Oct. 7, 2011, 11:26 a.m.

Meridian mayor pleads for at least one all-Meridian legislative district

Meridian Mayor Tammy DeWeerd told the Idaho redistricting commission that her city is the third largest in the state. "The proposal that the last commission left with divides our city in five different districts," she said. To the east, portions of Meridian would pair with Boise; to the north, with Kuna and Star; "and then District 22 goes clear to Mountain Home. ... Our concern is being the third-largest city, that we would like to have at least one district within our city that is whole to our community. That way we know at least one district will have two representatives and one senator who will be more focused on our community's issues." Under plan L-83, she said, "We could have zero, or perhaps we would have 15 - we don't know how that would turn out."

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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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