This post is by PubliCola intern Pete Johnson. 

As part of the most anticipated release date since Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" dropped a couple weeks ago, the Washington State Redistricting Commission's members presented their individual plans for the adjusted boundaries of Washington's Congressional districts today. Washington won a new congressional district as a result of the 2010 Census, which showed the state had significant population growth over the last decade.

The commission seems like it's pretty close to an agreement: Three of the four maps show the new 10th District located predominantly west of the Cascades and focused on the border of King and Pierce Counties. (Dean Foster, the one commissioner who didn't draw the new district in the area, placed the new seat in the Olympic Peninsula). Establishing a district in that area would fulfill the efforts of United for Fair Representation Washington, the group that was formed to advocate for a district that would primarily be composed of minority voters. OneAmerica, a local human rights group that is a member of the UFRW coalition, was cautiously optimistic about the results: "There is no better evidence that people’s voices matter than in seeing that Commissioners Tim Ceis, Tom Huff, and Slade Gorton agreed with us that a majority-minority Congressional district must exist."

Though the maps are all fairly similar, commissioner and former US Sen. Gorton's plan for the 10th district includes large swaths of East King County—a more-conservative area that would help Gorton's fellow Republicans stay competitive in the new district.

The statewide maps (plus a handy zoomed-in map of the Puget Sound region for each plan) are below. You can find each commissioner's presentation at the commission's web site.

Slade Gorton





Tim Ceis





David Foster





Tom Huff



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