Baker to be rent asunder by redistricting

you may know that Colorado is in the midst of the once-per-decade process of redrawing state House and Senate districts; the intention is to update districts based on population changes found in the 2010 Census; because the Colorado legislature was unable to agree on a redistricting plan, a bipartisan Reapportionment Commission is responsible for recommending a plan which then must be approved by the Colorado Supreme Court

at this point, an initial recommendation has been made, subject to adjustments after hearings are held; the upshot is that redistricting will fracture Baker, at least as far as our representation in the state capital goes …

House District 2, currently held by Baker resident Mark Ferrandino, currently includes all of Baker except for the (unoccupied) portion south of I-25; the proposed new boundaries would put roughly the northern third of the residential portion of Baker into House District 5:

the current Senate District 31 encompasses all of Baker and is held by Pat Steadman; redistricting would split Baker into three districts, 31, 32 and 34; everything west of Santa Fe in District 34 and the rest of Baker split along 1st Ave.:

the expectation is that the final maps will be little different from these, however you may put your word in before the process is completed, there will be a hearing on 31 Aug. at 6 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the State Capitol Building; the website of the Reapportionment Commission lists other hearing locations

once the state legislative redistricting is complete, Denver will also redraw City Council boundaries; currently all of Baker north of Alameda Ave. is in Council District 9, held by Judy Montero; Chris Nevitt, in Council District 7, represents the area south of Alameda; rumor has it that Council redistricting will unify all of Baker, but the process has not even begun; currently District 9 extends from Baker at the south end through LoDo up into the River North area and Elyria (40KB PDF), where the National Western Stock Show is located; District 7 extends south on both sides of the South Platte River (2.3MB PDF), and includes many of Baker's common allies on neighborhood issues, Athmar Park, Platte Park and West Wash Park

(thanks to Denver Pols for the overall coverage that inspired this Baker-specific analysis)

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