Comment now on Everett’s council districts plan

City Council districts for Everett are taking shape under the direction of the Districting Commission, with guidance from Tony Fairfax, districting master. Now, for the first time, in a process that started with the 2018 election and voter approval of City Council elections by district, residents of Everett can have a say in the work of the Districting Commission. Public comment should be emailed to Nichole Webber, staff liaison assigned to the Commission, (nwebber@everettwa.gov).

If you haven’t given districting a thought since you cast your ballot in 2018, it will be helpful to check out the districting website (everettwa.gov/districting). It takes some patience to navigate, but you should be able to find information on the progress that the Commission has made and the time line to complete their task. Make sure to click on “View All, Supporting Documents” for June 22 to read about some of the decisions that have been made. The interactive map links may also be of interest.

My interest in districting stems from involvement with the group Everett Districts Now which worked hard to get the initiative on the ballot. That interest continues as I observe meetings of the Commission which are now virtual meetings. A special meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 20 if additional work needs to be done to finalize the map; Aug. 31 is another scheduled meeting. After that the commission will take its plan to each district in the city for meetings which may be virtual. Following this public outreach the commission will submit the final plan to the City Council.

If you have something to say about this process, get your comments in now.

Lois Wentink

Everett

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