The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, March 22, to appoint four members of the committee that will use the new Census population data to adjust Council district boundaries.
The Council is obligated under Article 4 of the County Charter to select two representatives of each major political party to serve on the Districting Committee. The Council made its selection from a list of five candidates submitted by each party. The Council voted 4-3 to select the following people to serve on the committee:
- Mike Abernathy, a retired trial attorney from the Key Peninsula.
- Deryl McCarty, a South Hill resident and Air Force veteran who served on the District Committee 10 years ago.
- Ken Blair, a state child support enforcement officer who lives near Frederickson and previously served on the Bethel School Board.
- Sam Ross, a Lakewood resident who works in marketing and advocacy for UFCW Local 141.
The four committee members will appoint a fifth member, who will serve as chair. Within 30 days of its appointment, the Districting Committee must appoint a “Districting Master,” who will draw a redistricting plan for consideration by the committee. Once the district boundaries are final, the County Auditor will draw precinct lines and assign voters to precincts.
Pierce County’s seven Council districts are redrawn every 10 years – as is the case with districts for Congress and the Washington Legislature – to ensure that districts have similar populations and provide equal representation to all citizens.
The Pierce County Auditor has posted more information about the redistricting process online: www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/elections/redistrict.htm.