Letter: New Legislative District Maps Unveiled – Alexandria Echo Press

For the editor:

All eyes were on the maps last week when a court panel released information about how Minnesota’s congressional and legislative districts will look over the next 10 years. The legal schedule dictates that this process must be completed 25 weeks before the state primary election so that counties and local jurisdictions have enough time to complete their redistricting.

According to the 2020 census, Minnesota’s population is 5.7 million, which breaks down into an “ideal” size of 42,586 for each of the 134 Legislative Chamber districts. Some suburban neighborhoods grew faster over the past decade and were up to 21% above ideal size. And some rural districts, unsurprisingly, grew at a slower rate and were up to 11% below the required number.

The district I currently serve, 12B, has undergone quite a substantial change. Lost were sections of Douglas County currently in my district and parts of Stearns County along the I-94 corridor, including the towns of Sauk Center, Melrose and Albany. Townships in the northeast of Pope County will also move to another district next year.

Added to the new district, which will be known as 12A after the election this fall, are the western tier of townships in Pope County, including my hometown of Starbuck, in addition to three entire counties to the south and the west. These counties are Swift, Stevens and Big Stone. All three counties have a strong agricultural economy and fit well with the rest of the new district. In the meantime, I will continue to do my best to represent the people of the current 12B.

State Representative Paul Anderson
Starbucks, Minnesota

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