Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, local governments like Gila County have to redraw their district lines (or “redistrict”), using census data to reflect changes in population. That includes appointing a redistricting advisory committee, whose duties include gathering public input and reviewing citizen-submitted district maps, and during their Sept. 21 meeting the Gila County Board of Supervisors did just that, selecting a dozen applicants to serve on such a committee.
One condition of redistricting is that, on any redrawn maps, the county’s three districts need to be divided equally by population or with no more than a 10 percent difference between them. The 12 advisory committee members were also spread equally between districts and political parties; four each from Districts 1, 2 and 3, four Democrats, four Republicans and four Independents.
The following citizens were appointed to the redistricting advisory committee:
District 1 (Supervisor Steve Christensen) – Robert Hershberger, Democrat, of Payson; James Muhr, Republican, of Payson; Carla Raymond, Independent, of Payson; Gerald Woodward, Independent, of Payson
District 2 (Chairman Tim R. Humphrey) – Alfred Guerrero, Democrat, of Globe; Jose Medina, Republican, of Miami; Judy Moorhead, Republican, of Globe; Sherry Rice, Independent, of Globe
District 3 (Supervisor Woody Cline) – Tanner Hunsaker, Independent, of Globe; Mary Marshall, Democrat, of Payson; Mickie Nye, Republican, of Globe; Larry Stephenson, Democrat, of Star Valley
In a separate motion, the Board selected two alternates to the committee, both from District 2: First alternate Bill Marshall, Republican, of Globe, and second alternate Michael Pastor, Democrat, of Globe.
The advisory committee will also support the Gila County Provisional Community College District with its own redistricting process, through an intergovernmental agreement between the college and the county.
The committee will hold their first meeting on Oct. 6, 2021; the deadline to complete the redistricting process is July 2022