EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso residents living in Segundo Barrio and Chamizal would have a new representative on the city council. And, much of the Lower Valley would have representation in a single district.
This would be a reality as part of a redistricting map proposed by Martin Bartlett, chairman of the city’s redistricting commission. According to the plan, District 2, or Central District, would be the office representing downtown El Paso.
But that’s just a proposal as commissioners and the public generate ideas for the redistricting process this year. The League of Women Voters of El Paso and other community advocates have drawn up their own maps.
The commissioners presented their ideas at a meeting Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.
Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau conducts a demographic study of communities across the country, which has big implications for how communities are represented at the federal, state, and local levels. The office results lead to the redistricting process, which is how legislators determine which areas a public office will represent by drawing the boundaries of their districts.
On Wednesday, the City of El Paso’s redistricting committee began that process for city council districts, which are expected to change due to the movement of people in El Paso.
The city council is divided into eight districts which represent the city’s 678,815 inhabitants. The number of districts will not increase until the population reaches one million, according to city officials.
City redistricting meetings are scheduled for the following dates for the public to provide input into the redistricting process and submit their own maps.
- Monday, January 24, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – Westside Regional Command Center at 4801 Osborne Drive.
- Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – Pebble Hills Regional Command Center at 10780 Pebble Hills Boulevard.
- Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – Northeast Regional Command Center at 9600 Dyer Street.
- Thursday, January 27, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – Mission Valley Regional Command Center at 9011 Escobar Drive.
- Monday, January 31, 2022 – 6 p.m. – Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center at 3001 Parkwood Street.
- Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – 6 p.m. – Memorial Senior Center at 1800 Byron Street.
- Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – 6 p.m. – Marty Robbins Recreation Center at 11620 Vista del Sol Drive.
- Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. – Hybrid meeting In person at the Blue Flame Building at 304 Texas Avenue and on WeEx Link.
- Monday, February 7, 2022 – 6 p.m. – Hilos de Plata Senior Center at 4451 Delta Drive.
- Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – 6 p.m. In collaboration with El Paso Neighborhood Coalition. Virtual on Microsoft Teams.