What’s with this Senate District 54? I thought we were in SD57!

Here are a couple Questions and Answers regarding Minnesota’s legislative redistricting plan:

Q: What happened?

A: We’ve been redistricted. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. In Minnesota, Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the decennial Census. Congressional and legislative districts (both MN House and Senate) statewide will change, at least to some degree. This year, the redistricting plan was released on February 21, and the new, redistricted boundaries are in effect as of the state primary on August 14, 2012.

Q: I used to be in senate district 57. Am I still in SD57?

A: No. The old Senate District 57 no longer exists. The redistricting plan abolished the existing Congressional and legislative districts and established all new districts throughout the state. Some of the new districts retain similar boundaries and similar names as their old districts, but many of the new districts have new boundaries and new names. Hastings, Cottage Grove, St Paul Park, and most of the communities in the old Senate District 57 are now located in the new Senate District 54.

Q: I see that there is still a Senate District 57. But you said it was abolished. What’s up with that?

A: You are seeing the NEW SD57. The new Senate District 57 is centered around Apple Valley and Rosemount. Most of that area used to be SD37.

Q: What happens to the old SD57 BPOU leadership?

A: Upon implementation of new Congressional and Legislative districts, the Republican Party Basic Political Organizational Units (BPOUs) organized on the basis of previous district lines have been dissolved. A senate district organizing convention will be held on March 31. The old SD57 BPOU chair Kellie Eigenheer has been appointed to lead a Convention Arrangements Committee tasked with organizing the convention. Among the order of business at the convention will be the adoption of a new BPOU constitution and the election of a new BPOU Executive Committee. FYI, the SD54 convention will be held Saturday, March 31, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Hastings High School auditorium.

Q: What happens to our representatives Denny McNamara, John Kriesel, and Sen Katie Sieben?

A: They will serve the remainder of their terms as representatives of the old SD57. All seats in the MN House and Senate will be up for election in 2012 under the new district boundaries. Both of our reps and our senator live in the new Senate District 54 and we expect that they will file to run for office again. Of course, we are hopeful that Sen Sieben will be defeated by our Republican candidate.

Q: Where can I go to read more about this?

A: Start with these:

If you are looking for even more information, try Googling “minnesota redistricting plan 2012”. That will get you about 5,700,000 results.

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