A number of Western Slope politicians are sad with a proposal from the the state’s congressional redistricting course of that will break up the Western Slope into completely different congressional districts.
A workers map launched by the impartial redistricting fee Sept. 3 splits the northern a part of Western Colorado into the 2nd Congressional District, which additionally incorporates Boulder, and the southern a part of western Colorado, together with Mesa County, into the third Congressional District.
The Garfield County Commissioners launched an announcement Friday saying they had been “dissatisfied and appalled” by the proposal.
“This break up recklessly dilutes the voice, and thus the illustration, of rural, western Garfield County among the many city facilities of Boulder, Broomfield, and components of Larimer counties, all with whom Garfield County shares little in frequent,” the assertion learn.
The Garfield County commissioners mentioned the proposal ignores watersheds and the pure geography of the state.
“When conflicts come up between competing pursuits, Garfield County can have no congressional help,” the assertion learn.
The assertion known as the proposal “blatant gerrymandering” and mentioned it could destroy Garfield County’s voice on the federal degree.
”It weakens our shared coverage considerations on public lands, agricultural points, housing, environmental considerations, training, public well being, water high quality, and transportation,” the assertion learn.
The assertion concluded by saying Garfield County ought to keep inside the third Congressional District.
Scott McInnis, a Mesa County commissioner and former congressional consultant for the third district, mentioned he additionally disagreed with splitting the Western Slope.
The break up would additional focus energy within the Denver space and certain “take a congressperson away from the Western Slope,” McInnis mentioned.
“They’re usurping the voice of western Colorado,” McInnis mentioned. “Whether or not it’s Democrat or Republican.”
McInnis mentioned the map, if adopted, would take away any probability rural communities have at illustration.
“Patronize us, pat us on the again, inform us that they love us after which intestine us,” McInnis mentioned.
McInnis mentioned if he had a say within the course of he wouldn’t tinker a lot with the Western Slope in any respect.
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Silt) touched on redistricting at Membership 20’s fall convention in Grand Junction Saturday. The workers map launched earlier this month would put Boebert within the 2nd District, although Boebert has mentioned she intends to run within the third District no matter redistricting, which is allowed.
“I’m not allowed to say an excessive amount of about redistricting, however I’ll say that we have to put our water first, and we don’t want to incorporate sure areas of Colorado into Western Colorado’s water.”
Alan Philp, a Republican lobbyist who additionally spoke at Membership 20 concerning the redistricting course of, mentioned issues are going to maneuver in a short time within the course of in the course of the subsequent two weeks.
The Colorado Impartial Redistricting Fee has three conferences and three public hearings scheduled for the upcoming week, beginning Tuesday.