Four congressional redistricting map proposals were released Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Four congressional redistricting map proposals were released Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

A redistricted Snohomish County might have one less U.S. rep

Democrats and Republicans released early proposals that would push Rep. Pramila Jayapal out of the county.

OLYMPIA — Democrats and Republicans put out proposals Tuesday for how they would redraw boundaries of Washington’s 10 congressional districts.

If any one of them prevails, it looks like Snohomish County will wind up being served by two rather than three people in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, each of the state Redistricting Commission’s voting members — Democrats April Sims and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw and Republicans Joe Fain and Paul Graves — released a map showing how they would reposition the congressional district boundaries.

Today, the 1st, 2nd and 7th congressional districts contain parts of Snohomish County.

In their first-draft proposals, all four political cartographers push the 7th, served by Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle, out of south Snohomish County. And the largest communities — Edmonds and Woodway — wind up in either the 1st or the 2nd, depending on the map-maker. The design of the 1st, now represented by Democrat Suzan DelBene of Medina, and the 2nd, represented by Democrat Rick Larsen of Everett, are in for some big changes based on the four preliminary maps.

April Sims’ proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

April Sims’ proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Democrats Sims and Walkinshaw take a similar approach. They move Edmonds and Woodway, now in the 7th, as well as Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, now in the 2nd, into the 1st District. Their maps would remove portions of Skagit and Whatcom counties from the 1st District, as well.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw’s proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw’s proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Republican Graves goes in the opposite direction, creating a district much less safe for the Democratic incumbent. He puts south county communities into the 2nd District and pushes the boundary of the 1st across the Cascades to include communities like Leavenworth and part of Wenatchee.

In a statement, Graves said this would become a swing district. That’s ironic, because when the district was drawn a decade ago, commissioners contended then it had the makings of a swing district. But DelBene has not been seriously challenged since getting elected in 2012.

Paul Graves’ proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Paul Graves’ proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

On his map, Republican Fain makes the 1st more compact. He puts the south portion of the county, as well as Shoreline in north King County, into the 1st District. Bothell, Kirkland and Redmond are also in the district. He moves cities like Snohomish and Lake Stevens out of the 1st and into the 2nd. He also moves the portions of east Snohomish County out of DelBene’s district and into what would become a geographically large 8th District.

Joe Fain’s proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Joe Fain’s proposed map for Districts 1, 2 and 7. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Fain draws an interesting 2nd District, as well. He moves more of Whatcom County into the district. And he slices off half of Whidbey Island — from Coupeville to Clinton — and puts it in a refashioned 6th District, now represented by Democrat Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor.

Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census, the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts are redrawn by a bipartisan commission. Under state law, updated boundaries must create districts nearly equal in population, as compact as possible, of geographically contiguous areas and not favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party. The new districts should also coincide with existing natural boundaries and preserve communities of related and mutual interest.

Commissioners put forth their proposals for the state’s 49 legislative districts last week.

The panel will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed legislative maps at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. A similar statewide outreach on the congressional maps is slated for 10 a.m. Oct. 9.

Additionally, comments on the proposed maps can be submitted in any language via the “How to Participate” page on the commission’s website at www.redistricting.wa.gov.

And the public is encouraged to submit their own proposals using the commission’s online mapping tool.

Jerry Cornfield: jcornfield@heraldnet.com; 360-352-8623

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

Bothell
2 injured in Bothell Everett Highway crash

The highway was briefly reduced to one northbound lane while police investigated the three-car crash Saturday afternoon.

Heavy traffic northbound on 1-5 in Everett, Washington on August 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
On I-5 in Everett, traffic nightmare is reminder we’re ‘very vulnerable’

After a police shooting shut down the freeway, commutes turned into all-night affairs. It was just a hint of what could be in a widespread disaster.

Anthony Brock performs at Artisans PNW during the first day of the Fisherman’s Village Music Fest on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
At downtown Everett musical festival: ‘Be weird and dance with us’

In its first night, Fisherman’s Village brought together people who “might not normally be in the same room together” — with big acts still to come.

Two troopers place a photo of slain Washington State Patrol trooper Chris Gadd outside District 7 Headquarters about twelve hours after Gadd was struck and killed on southbound I-5 about a mile from the headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Judge reduces bail for driver accused of killing Marysville trooper

After hearing from Raul Benitez Santana’s family, a judge decreased bail to $100,000. A deputy prosecutor said he was “very disappointed.”

Pet detective Jim Branson stops to poke through some fur that Raphael the dog found while searching on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Everett, Washington. Branson determined the fur in question was likely from a rabbit, and not a missing cat.(Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lost a pet? Pet detective James Branson and his dogs may be able to help

James Branson, founder of Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, helps people in the Seattle area find their missing pets for $350.

Community Transit leaders, from left, Chief Communications Officer Geoff Patrick, Zero-Emissions Program Manager Jay Heim, PIO Monica Spain, Director of Maintenance Mike Swehla and CEO Ric Ilgenfritz stand in front of Community Transit’s hydrogen-powered bus on Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Community Transit Operations Base in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New hydrogen, electric buses get trial run in Snohomish County

As part of a zero-emission pilot program from Community Transit, the hydrogen bus will be the first in the Puget Sound area.

Two people fight on the side of I-5 neat Marysville. (Photo provided by WSDOT)
Video: Man charged at trooper, shouting ‘Who’s the boss?’ before shooting

The deadly shooting shut down northbound I-5 near Everett for hours. Neither the trooper nor the deceased had been identified as of Friday.

Two people fight on the side of I-5 neat Marysville. (Photo provided by WSDOT)
Road rage, fatal police shooting along I-5 blocks traffic near Everett

An attack on road workers preceded a report of shots fired Thursday, snarling freeway traffic in the region for hours.

The Port of Everett and Everett Marina on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Is Port of Everett’s proposed expansion a ‘stealth tax?’ Judge says no

A Snohomish resident lost a battle in court this week protesting what he believes is a misleading measure from the Port of Everett.

Pablo Garduno and the team at Barbacoa Judith’s churn out pit-roasted lamb tacos by the dozen at the Hidden Gems Weekend Market on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Boom City in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Eating our way through Tulalip’s Hidden Gems weekend market

Don’t miss the pupusas, pit-roasted lamb tacos, elotes and even produce for your next meal.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.