By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times
The Independent Redistricting Commission’s new chairwoman is unfazed by the late start to the panel’s work brought on by the delay of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Erika Neuberg put a positive spin to the Census Bureau’s two-month delay, saying it gives her and the four other commissioners time to fully digest what they are in for over the next year-plus as they redraw the state’s congressional and legislative district boundaries.
Neuberg, in a 40-minute interview with Arizona Capitol Times on January 29, also said she appreciates the Legislature taking over the headlines.
“There’s a relief that there is so much state news and so much drama that it takes a ton of focus away from the IRC. And now that there’s delays, there’s less scrutiny, which gives us a little bit of time to kind of get our feet wet,” she said.
The IRC met for just the second time on February 2 to address the Census delay and plans to hire administrative staff and other potential roles within the commission.