Local concerns about redistricting focus on un-splitting communities

Pinal County currently has five Board of Supervisor districts: District 1 includes Riverside, Oracle, Coolidge, Florence and part of Eloy. District 2 includes San Tan Valley. District 3 includes Casa Grande and part of Eloy. District 4 includes Maricopa, Arizona City and Saddlebrooke. District 5 includes Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. The Board of Supervisors must adopt the new final maps by July 1, 2022./Pinal County 

By Aaron Dorman | PinalCentral

As new district lines are drawn this year, local leaders and organizations see an opportunity to adjust representation.

Although Arizona will not be getting a tenth legislative district, population changes mean that both state and county district boundaries could be adjusted.

Last week Rural Arizona Engagement announced they would be focusing advocacy efforts on unifying representation for local communities that are currently split under the current map.

Community outreach coordinator Andrea Varela said the group’s particular focus would be on Casa Grande and Eloy, two cities that are divided by legislative districts 8 and 11. They are also split at the county level.

“We don’t believe that they should be split,” Varela said. “By separating them into different legislative districts you are essentially diminishing the power of certain communities to express what they want.”

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