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Redistricting letter to Klickitat and Skamania Counties

15th Legislative DistrictYou may have received a printed newsletter in the mail on behalf of Representatives Bruce Chandler and David Taylor and myself. As you know, the 2010 census resulted in the redrawing of our legislative district boundaries. The result for the 15th Legislative District is dramatic, and it is with heavy hearts we report that we will no longer represent you.

Beginning in January 2013, Klickitat and Skamania counties will become part of the 14th Legislative District. We want to express to you our sincere appreciation and pride of representing such a unique region of our state that has overcome many challenges. Continue reading

Redistricting plans released: Please voice your views

Once every ten years, the United States takes an official headcount called the Census. Census workers count every man, woman and child to guarantee all people are fairly represented in the political process.
In spring 2011, Washington received the 2010 Census data for redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. This data indicates Washington’s 2010 population is over 6.7 million people, an increase of nearly 1 million residents in 10 years. The data collected will help Washington’s redistricting commission redraw the boundaries in the 15th and all Washington legislative districts.

The Commission is made up of 4 commissioners appointed by the House and Senate Republican and Democrat caucuses. Each commissioner must develop and release his own plan before coming together to draw the final boundary lines.

A few weeks ago the four district plans were released. In all four plans, the boundaries of the 15th District look very different from the present. This means some of you may be drawn out of the 15th District. Please take a moment to look at these maps and what they mean for you as a current resident of the 15th District. The commission welcomes your comments, and you can even look at what other people are saying about the proposed plans. You can email the commission at contact@redistricting.wa.gov or call (360) 786-0770 and leave your comments. Letters can be mailed to Washington State Redistricting Commission, P.O. Box 40948, Olympia, WA 98504-0948.

Click on this link meetings for public comment for detailed information about opportunities to comment in person. Please note the meetings are all in Olympia.

Census returns varying widely across 15th Legislative District

The rate of 2010 Census returns are varying widely across Central Washington, and some communities have returned less than 50 percent of the forms.

Here are some figures regarding the four counties in the district (figures as of April 6):
• Clark County: 63 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 76 percent)
• Klickitat County: 59 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 68 percent)
• Skamania County: 52 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 56 percent)
• Yakima County: 62 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 73 percent)

Also of note are these 15th District communities with return rates below 50 percent, and well below the statewide average return rate of 63 percent (figures as of April 6):
• Wapato: 40 percent
• Granger: 44 percent
• Bingen: 46 percent
• Mabton: 47 percent

It is crucial that we do our part for our communities, and one of the most important ways we can make sure our views are represented is by returning our census forms. Making sure the people of our district are fairly represented will ultimately mean more of our hard-earned tax dollars coming back to our communities. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than 400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, and public works projects.

It is vital for those communities to take part in the census.

Our agriculture communities make up the economic backbone of our state. Unfortunately, the interests of farmers and ranchers are often overshadowed by the interests of those in big cities. Given the efforts in Olympia to implement costly new taxes on fertilizer, fuel and small business and farm owners, rural Washingtonians need to speak up and be counted, now more than ever.

In addition, not sending in the simple form means that more tax dollars will be spent on completing the census. The federal government will send someone to knock on doors to complete the count. This would prove costly with almost half the citizens remaining to count.

For additional details, go to www.2010census.gov/2010census/take10map/.