Five redistricting proposals for WashCo commissioner districts
Washington County is preparing to redraw the districts from which county commissioners are elected.
The results of the 2020 U.S. Census revealed an uneven number of people leaving in each of the county's four districts. The charter requires a redrawing of the map, so that no district has more than 105% of the smallest district: Western District 4, represented by Jerry Willey and containing most of rural Washington County.
District 2 Commissioner Pam Treece's northeastern district grew more than any other district, Census data shows. Rapid development north of Highway 26, particularly in the Bethany area, spurred much of this growth. It currently has about 109% of the population size of District 4.
Washington County has prepared four proposals for redistricting the four commissioner districts, and residents are being asked to weigh in on the alternatives.
Proposed fixes to the population imbalance range from carving parts of two districts out to include in District 4, or carving out about half of the areas of District 2 and District 3, which covers the southern portion of the county, including Tigard and Sherwood.
Another proposal would extend District 2 to incorporate more of the rural areas north of Highway 26, while District 4 would grow eastward to take in more of the urban unincorporated areas near Rock Creek and Aloha. Under that proposal, District 1, represented by Nafisa Fai and encompassing most of Aloha and Beaverton, would stretch much further west to take in communities like Gaston and Laurelwood.
The fourth proposal brought by the county would see District 4's boundary carve into both District 2 and District 1, while District 3, represented by Roy Rogers, would also expand into District 4's current boundaries. District 1 would also slightly grow, but it would spread mostly into District 2 and small parts of District 3 and District 4.
The final proposal is similar, though it would cut into District 2 less and District 3 would expand much further into the current District 4 boundaries. District 2 would also expand slightly into District 1.
The fifth board seat is the at-large chair position — currently occupied by Kathryn Harrington, who won reelection to another four-year term this spring. The position is not affected by redistricting.
Residents can weigh in by taking an online survey found at research.net/r/WACountyDistrict. Feedback must be given by Sept. 9 to be considered.
The new district map would take effect in time for the 2024 election cycle.
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