County redraws districts

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Adams County officials are seeking public input in an effort to guide the redefinition of the county’s commissioner districts following the passage of a voter-approved measure that will increase the number of sitting commissioners from three to five.

The measure, which would add another two members to the Adams County Commissioners board by 2016, was approved by 57.34 percent of county voters in the 2012 general election, according to the Adams County Clerk and Recorder’s website.

In the second part of the ballot question, which prompted voters to determine how Adams County commissioners should be elected, the option to have five at-large commissioners elected by county residents was approved by 57.5 percent of county voters.

In all, County Planning Director Abel Montoya said the county has formulated a total of three redistricting map options for residents to consider during four public meetings that will be held in unincorporated Adams County, Commerce City, Thornton and Bennett.

The comments, Montoya said, will then be gathered by county staff and shared with the commissioners during two public meetings that will be held at the Adams County Government Center in Brighton.

After considering the public’s input, the final map will be selected by the commissioners on June 26.

One of the map options, Montoya said, follows the block level for county precincts as closely as possible, while another mirrors the state House district maps that were affirmed by the state Supreme Court in 2011.

The third option, he said, tries to use historical patterns as well as past block-level precincts and state House district data.

“Two of the maps follow the U.S. Census Bureau data from 2010 down to the block level and that’s the most precise you can get, and one of the maps does not follow block level but rather follows a greater level of information as far as size,” Montoya said.

In all, three commissioner seats will be up for election or re-election in 2014. One of those seats, Montoya said, will be for a two-year term instead of the customary four-year term to comply with state statues that require the terms for the five seats to be staggered.

The current board will decide which district will receive the seat with the initial two-year term at the June 26 public hearing.

In 2016, three commissioner seats — one of which will have the initial two-year staggered term — will be up for election or re-election.

Public hearings set:

• Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center, located at 11151 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton;

• Wednesday, May 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway in Brighton.

• Wednesday, June 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway in Brighton.

Proposed district maps can be seen at the Adams County Government Center at 4430 South Adams County Parkway in Brighton or by visiting www.adcogov.org.

For more information, contact Planning and Development Director Abel Montoya at 720-523-6800 or amontoya@adcogov.org.

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