Redistricting shuffles local representatives

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

County approves Plan A

Robin Fornof Curry County Commission districts will remain about the same for the next decade. Commissioners on Tuesday adopted Plan A before a near-capacity crowd of nearly 50 onlookers on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The plan that only slightly alters two district borders was one of seven alternative options up for consideration. An earlier motion […]

Redistricting plans stir up debate

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Current districts Robin Fornoff By most accounts, it’s boiled down to two choices. One changes little. The other changes everything and brings the threat of a lawsuit, according to Curry County Commissioner Robert Sandoval. At stake is who will represent county voters in the 2012 election and beyond. Commissioners plan to make their critical decision […]

Residents concerned district plan would weaken community

Kevin Wilson Ahead of an upcoming redistricting vote by the Curry County Commission, residents of District 1 spoke out Thursday morning about a redistricting plan they felt would weaken their community and voice in electoral matters. The commission handled numerous tasks during a three-hour special meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, but a majority of […]

Meetings watch: Clovis and Curry County Commission meetings

The Curry County and Clovis city commissions will hold meetings today with redistricting on their agendas. The county will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. The City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Both meetings are in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The county will discuss redistricting following a five-item consent […]

City must decide on redistricting by mid-November

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Plan A Every time the year ends with a zero, it’s time for the U.S. to do a Constitutionally-dictated process called the U.S. Census. About a year-and-a-half later, when the year ends in a one, it’s time for state and local governments to use that information and remap its representation. […]

County redistricting plans examined

Robin Fornoff Two Curry County commissioners said Tuesday at a special public hearing they prefer a redistricting plan that would leave existing districts about the same. The option is scheduled to be decided in September.

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings […]

County voting districts to be realigned

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Courtesy illustration Curry County Commission districts must be adjusted to compensate for growth shown in the 2010 census. The commission was given four possible plans during a Monday special meeting. Sharna Johnson Monday began the first of three hearings to determine redistricting of Curry County — an issue to be decided by the commission Sept. […]

Civic center hosting redistricting meeting

Kevin Wilson If there is any consensus to be found with redistricting coming up this fall, it’s uncertainty. Among representatives and analysts, there’s nothing guaranteed regarding how the Legislature does its decennial organization of its 70 House seats and 42 Senate seats, along with congressional districts and districts for city councils and commissions and school […]

Analysis: Eastern N.M. could lose in redistricting

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The once-a-decade exercise of legislative redistricting will produce winners and losers, and Albuquerque’s west side is as close as it comes to a guaranteed winner of more political clout. Because of rapid population growth during the past decade in the city’s sprawling areas west of the […]

Nuisance ordinance, magistrate judge redistricting highlight county agenda

Public hearings involving a nuisance ordinance and the redistricting of magistrate judge positions are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Also, a district judge is expected to present demands for security changes at the courthouse. The commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

Magistrate voting system debated

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A yellow and green map had some citizens seeing red at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. The map depicted a proposed plan to change the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system, which attorneys for two county residents say is racially biased, from at-large to two districts. Clovis residents Terry […]

Redistricting hearing to be held during regular County Commission meeting

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A public hearing regarding redistricting of the Curry County Magistrate Court will be held during the regular meeting of the Curry County Commission. The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. today at the courthouse. The hearing will address the lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca […]