Parties to pick nominees for county redistricting committee

The decennial process to revise County Council district borders will be detailed at Monday’s meeting.

EVERETT — The local Republican and Democratic parties have been asked to submit nominations for a committee that will next year recommend changes to boundaries of the five Snohomish County Council districts.

The districting process, outlined in the county charter, occurs every 10 years following the census count to ensure that the districts have equal populations.

The parties each have until Dec. 3 to provide to the council office a list of five people to serve on the Districting Committee, the office said in letters sent to each party’s chairperson earlier this month.

The Snohomish County Republican Party has already shared those names, said the council’s chief of staff, Geoffrey Thomas, on Friday afternoon.

After interviewing the nominees, the council will appoint two from each list early next year.

The four chosen members will then appoint a fifth by the end of January.

Residents will have a chance next fall to weigh in on the committee’s plan at a required public hearing.

By December 2021, the committee must submit its proposal for council approval.

County Auditor Garth Fell will share more information about the process at a virtual council meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Details on how to watch the meeting via Zoom are included in the Administrative Session agenda, posted at snohomishcountywa.gov/2288.

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