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State Rep. Dylan Roberts, an Avon Democrat who currently represents Eagle and Routt counties, said there’s still quite a bit of work to be done by the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission but that the third and possibly final version of the state Senate map is a competitive one that has most of Eagle County moving into Senate District 8 — a seat he will likely run for in 2022.
“There is still a long way to go before the maps are finalized – the commission needs to try to get to at least eight votes on this map (or another map) and then there will likely be court challenges,” Roberts said in an email Wednesday. “But if this were the map, I would likely run for SD8 [in 2022]. It is certainly a politically competitive seat and one of the geographically largest and most politically diverse in the state.”
The new-look SD8 would lean much more toward a Democrat with the inclusion of the most populous parts of Eagle County, along with Summit County and Roberts’ home county of Routt (he grew up in Steamboat Springs). Previously, Eagle County was in SD5, which is currently represented. by the term-limited state Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail.
Under the latest proposal, just the southwest corner of Eagle County in the Roaring Fork Valley would be in SD5.
“Almost my entire current house district is within this proposed senate district, and I am proud of my bipartisan track record of achieving results at the Capitol on some of the most pressing issues for Colorado’s mountain and rural communities, including lowering the cost of health care, promoting rural economic development, protecting our water resources, investing in wildfire mitigation and prevention, and leading significant progress on affordable housing,” Roberts added. “It would be a privilege to earn the trust of the voters in this new district, and I will work very hard to do that over the next 13 months.”
Here’s a press release sent out Tuesday by the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission:
DENVER — The third legislative staff plans can be viewed or downloaded at https://redistricting.colorado.gov/content/staff-legislative-3.
The state senate and state house plans were prepared using 2020 Census Data, public comments and input from the legislative commission. The plans will be presented virtuallyto the commission on Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. The legislative commission must approve the final plan by Oct. 12.
As stated in the Colorado Constitution, the new Legislative districts must:
Districts cannot be drawn for the purpose of:
Written public comments will remain open and available throughout the consideration of final plans. To be adopted, the plans must be voted on and approved by eight of the 12 commissioners, including two unaffiliated commissioners. The plans must be adopted by the commission by Oct. 12 and submitted by nonpartisan legislative staff to the Colorado Supreme Court by Oct. 15.