legislative districts finalized—how they affect Baker

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when we previously covered the process of redistricting, new state legislative districts seemed likely to fragment Baker; now, after considerable gnashing the final result keeps Baker somewhat more whole …

at an 18 January town hall meeting Baker’s current legislators, Representative Mark Ferrandino and Senator Pat Steadman, along with Baker’s future senator, Irene Aguilar, discussed the dramatic changes in store for each of their districts starting with the 2013 session

NW corner of Baker lopped off of House District 2

Ferrandino’s House District 2 currently includes all of Baker north of I-25; in 2013 District 2 will lose the northwest corner of Baker, though it will extend to Baker’s southern boundary at Misssissippi Ave.; the new boundaries for House District 5, held by Crisanta Duran will cover Baker north of 4th Ave. and West of Bannock St., as well as all of Baker west of Kalamath St.; both Ferrandino and Duran will face reelection before their districts shift

Baker will move from Senate District 31 to 32

Pat Steadman is our senator through the current session; his current Senate District 31 includes all of Baker, but after redistricting, Aguilar’s future Senate District 32 will include all of Baker; Aguilar’s term extends through the 2014 session

beyond Baker, boundaries for the old and new districts shift radically, so those who represent Baker will do so in the context of a different mix of interests; demographic info is available based on the US Census conducted preceding the respective redistrictings; with a little work prowling Colorado’s official redistricting and reapportionment site one can learn, for example, that the new House District 2 will be about 81% non-Latino White, whereas at the 2001 redistricting District 2 was approximately 61% Latino; as we have previously covered, Baker’s own demographics made a somewhat smaller shift in the same direction over the same period