Redistricting moves Lynnwood from 21st to 32nd Legislative District

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Monday, December 19, 2011 6:18pm

The city of Lynnwood will become part of the 32nd Legislative District, according to maps released last week by the state redistricting commission.

Lynnwood has been part of the 21st District, along with Mukilteo and most of Edmonds.

The unincorporated areas north of Lynnwood that have Lynnwood addresses will stay in the 21st District. That includes the home of 21st District Democratic state Rep. Mary Helen Roberts.

Roberts said Sunday that she is glad to continue to represent the 21st District but that she will miss campaigning in Lynnwood.

The newly drawn 21st District will continue to include Mukilteo and most of Edmonds, and it will add areas of South Everett.

The 21st District’s other House seat will be open as Democratic state Rep. Marko Liias makes a run for Congress. State Sen. Paull Shin holds his seat through the 2014 election.

The 32nd District will see big changes, keeping Shoreline, Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, but losing Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and the north outskirts of Kirkland, and gaining part of northwest Seattle in addition to Lynnwood.

Brier and Mountlake Terrace will continue to be in the 1st Legislative District, a district that will still include Bothell and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County east of Bothell but will no longer include Woodinville or unincorporated areas of King County.

The plan released Saturday would take Democratic state Rep., Ruth Kagi out of the 32nd District, which has elected her to seven two-year terms, but Kagi told the Daily Herald Thursday that she planned to sell her Lake Forest Park home and move to somewhere within the District’s new boundaries. That way she would be able to run in the 2012 election for an eighth term.

The plan would keep Democratic state Sen. Maralyn Chase and Democratic Rep. Cindy Ryu in the 32nd District, and Democratic Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe and Democratic Reps. Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford in the 1st Legislative District.

The state redistricting commission plan released Thursday includes newly drawn legislative districts in Western Washington. The commission plans to release plans for legislative districts in Eastern and Central Washington and a plan for Congressional districts in a few days.

By law the commission must complete its work by the end of December. If not, the State Supreme Court redraws the boundaries.

The commission has members chosen by the state House and Senate majority and minority caucuses. The four party appointees choose a non-partisan, non-voting chairman.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com

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