Nevada: Redistricting Mayhem

Map of Nevada highlighting Washoe County
Washoe County highlighted, via Wikipedia

The current redistricting of the Nevada Legislature will force Washoe
County
candidates and incumbents spend more time and money on
campaigns, put some lawmakers at odds with new constituents and, in a
few districts, change the balance of power between Republicans and
Democrats.
“It will require a lot of
resources and a lot of work to get to know these new voters,” said
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks. “It’ll take a good plan to get out
there ahead of time and start meeting folks.”
While
Washoe County will maintain all of its Assembly and state Senate seats
under the current plan approved by the Supreme Court, most of the
districts are much larger in area. Assembly District 32, now held by
Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, will stretch from the Northern Nevada
border with Oregon to south of Tonopah as more of rural Nevada gets
sucked into districts with urban legislators.
“It changes the game,” Hansen said. “Instead of a neighborhood campaign, I’ve got to do a statewide campaign.”
District boundary lines also have shifted dramatically.

Seal of Washoe County, Nevada
Image via Wikipedia

South Reno‘s and Incline Village’s state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, also now is the senator for Carson City.

RGJ.com (Gannett)

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