Census data likely to change Eagle County commissioner districts
Present: Sara Fisher, Peter Runyon.
Who they talked to: Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton.
What they talked about: Simonton told the commissioners her office is preparing for an avalanche of work this year, once official results come in from the 2010 national census. The census is used to re-draw maps for federal and state representatives, and will probably change how the county’s three commissioner districts are drawn.
The county’s commissioner districts are based on population, and can have some odd boundaries. For instance, Runyon’s district includes Red Cliff, Vail and parts of Edwards. Fisher’s district is, roughly, Gypsum and the Roaring Fork Valley. Commissioner Jon Stavney’s district includes Avon and Eagle.
Using population data, Simonton’s office – which runs county elections – will have to re-draw precinct boundaries. The commissioners will have to approve new district boundaries before political parties’ county assemblies early next year, so prospective candidates can meet their parties’ residency requirements.
The commissioners will have to be careful how they re-draw the districts. Any commissioner moved to a new district by the new boundaries will be ineligible to continue in office.