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Remaining members selected for county redistricting commission

All 14 of the required members for the San Diego County’s new Independent Redistricting Commission are now on board. The final six were selected Nov. 20.

The commission is responsible for redrawing the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. The district lines change every 10 years after new federal census numbers are released.

The 2020 census will show whether one district is more populated than the others. Each supervisor should represent a diverse population of about 650,000 residents. District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice.

Nearly 300 residents applied for the commission. The county clerk of the board of supervisors selected 60 of the most qualified applicants. Staff drew eight names from the pool during two random drawings at the Oct. 13 board of supervisors meeting.

The eight new commissioners took the responsibility of appointing the remaining six members based on a number of requirements.

The new commissioners’ political party registration had to be as proportional as possible to the number of county voters registered with each political party or registered as no party preference.

The selected commissioners also needed relevant experience, analytical skills and the ability to be impartial.

The six who met the requirements are Elidia Dostal, Carmen-Rosette Garcia, Kenneth Inman, Kristina Kruglyak, Fernandez Ponds and Ramesses Surban.

The makeup of the overall commission largely reflects the county’s diversity.

The commission is evenly split between seven women and seven men. The average age is 58 years old.

The full commission will hold its next meeting in mid-December. The public may sign up for email updates, watch virtually or participate via teleconference.

Before the Redistricting Commission draws a draft map, it must hold at least seven public hearings with at least one hearing in each supervisorial district. Other meetings, dates and times are at the discretion of the commission.

The group will review the new census data when it’s released and start the process on redrawing new maps for the five supervisorial districts. The maps must be completed by Dec. 15, 2021.

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