After identifying serious problems with actions of the chairwoman and two members of the state Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), Governor Brewer gave notice that she was removing Chairwoman Colleen Mathias and Commissioners Jose Herrera and Linda McNulty from their positions. The state constitution requires the state senate to approve this by a 2/3 vote. The senate decided the actions of Commissioners Herrera and McNulty did not rise to the level of removal, but they did remove Chairwoman Mathias. Below is a copy of a resolution passed unanimously by the Graham County Republican Committee supporting the actions of the governor and senate. It also requests the legislature to refer a measure to the February ballot abolishing the IRC. Click on it to enlarge.
The process to replace the chair was well underway when the Arizona Supreme Court inexplicably ordered Mathias reinstated on 11-17-11. The redistricting commission began meeting again on Nov. 28 to make final adjustments to the maps before submitting them to the US Department of Justice. On December 20, the commission finalized the maps. The congressional map, which is bad for Republicans, was approved on a party-line vote. The legislative map was approved by the chair, and one member of each party. While this was not great for the Republicans, it was more fair than the congressional map.
IRC Legislative Maps:
Below is the legislative map adopted by the IRC and approved by the US Department of Justice. The map identifies our district as 1. The IRC has changed the number to 14, and will be reflected in an upcoming map. We are no longer with Gila, Navajo, and Apache Counties or the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Our new district includes Greenlee and Cochise Counties, as well as a portion of Pima County and the City of Tucson. After the November election, we will no longer be represented by Sen. Allen and Reps. Barton & Crandall. So far, incumbents Sen. Gail Griffin and Reps. David Gowen & David Stevens have announced that they will be running to represent us.
Graham County Supervisor Districts:
Below is the revised map for the districts of the Graham County board of supervisors to take effect for the 2012 elections. The only change is to the sparcely populated southwestern corner of the county. This results in moving 22 registed voters from district two into district three. Currently Drew John serves district one, Jim Palmer serves district two, and Mark Herrington serves district three.
IRC Congressional Map:
Attached is the congressional map adopted by the IRC and approved by the US Department of Justice. Our district one has been gerrymandered to give democrats a substantial majority. We have lost most of Yavapai County, including Prescott, and picked up Tucson suburbs. Congressman Gosar has announced that he will run in an adjoining district, leaving an open seat in ours.
Below are maps detailing the new district maps for Eastern Arizona College, effective for the 2012 elections. There are several minor changes. The two significant changes involve shifting populations out of district two. One moves several hundred district two voters that live east of Stockton Road and south of Solomon Road into district one. Another involves moving about a hundred district two voters living south of Thunderbird Hills into district five. District one is currently served by Marrianne Rowley, district two is served by Lois Ann Moody, district three is served by Denny Layton, district four is served by Ladd Mulleneaux, and district five is served by Ric Mattice.