Redistricting proposal puts 2 Polk County supervisors in same district
Iowa's Legislative Services Agency released its newly proposed districts of Polk County supervisors Tuesday.
Why it matters: Redistricting can impact an election and shape who controls a governing body.
- For example, Chairperson Angela Connolly, a Democrat, would be in the same district — No. 2 — as vice chairperson Robert Brownell, a Republican, under the proposed maps.
State of play: This is the first redistricting cycle since Iowa lawmakers removed much of the power of county-appointed commissions to draw maps for supervisor seats.
- Democrats currently have a 3-2 majority on the board.
How it works: The county will hold a public hearing Feb. 28. Supervisors will approve or reject the proposed map on March 1.
- The LSA would create a second proposal if the first is rejected.
Between the lines: There's tension among supervisors following a lawsuit filed by the county's former HR director.
- Matt McCoy, the only supervisor not named in the suit, was stripped of nearly all of his board appointments last month.
Of note: McCoy, and the other two incumbents on the board — Democrat Tom Hockensmith and Republican Steve Van Oort — would be in their own districts under the proposed maps.
- One proposed district, located on the county's southeast side, has no incumbent currently living in its boundaries.
What they're saying: McCoy told Axios that he's concerned his peers will reject the first proposal and use an amendment process on a second one — opening "the door to gerrymandering."
- Connolly said she's still reviewing the map.
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