New map for revised 2nd District includes Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island will remain in Washington's 2nd Congressional District, according to the latest draft map presented to Washington State Redistricting Commission.

The commission met today in Olympia to review the just-released map, and will meet again Thursday and may adopt a redistricting plan. Boundaries for each of the state’s 49 legislative are being redrawn in light of the 2010 Census, and boundaries are also being set for 10 congressional districts.

The latest map for the 2nd District will exclude parts of eastern Skagit and Snohomish counties, and eastern and northern parts of Whatcom County.

The 10th District will spread into south Snohomish County, and will include the rest of Mukilteo, plus Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Rep. Rick Larsen, the Democrat who represents the 2nd District in Congress, praised the commission for its work and said he would work hard to serve his newest constituents.

"The newly reconfigured 2nd Congressional District is a straightforward solution to the reality that the district needed to shrink in population," Larsen said in a statement Wednesday. "I am excited to continue serving the district and run in the newly configured 2nd District in 2012."

"I currently represent about 90 percent of the constituents of the reconfigured district," Larsen added. "And the new areas of the district in Snohomish County share issues with the existing district, like creating jobs, helping Boeing workers and supporting our veterans.

"I was a major proponent of the Air Force selection of Boeing - and the best aerospace workers in the world - to build the tanker for our military.  This will bring jobs to Everett, Lynnwood and Skagit and help our area remain a jobs center.  And I am working on the key transportation issues like improving the ferry system in Mukilteo, bringing Sound Transit light rail north while maintaining existing transit service, and reducing congestion on I-5 for southbound commuters.

"Serving the people of the Second Congressional District has been a privilege, and I look forward to continue serving the residents of the newly drawn district," Larsen said.

Voters in the 2012 Election will vote based on the maps that are eventually approved by the Washington State Redistricting Commission.

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